Masters: Reed Takes Lead; Woods Trail Behind

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Throughout his career, the 27-year-old Reed has worn the red and black to pay tribute to Tiger Woods, who has had an up-and-down Masters to this point himself.

The leader after two rounds is American Patrick Reed (-9), who was tied with Hadwin after the first round, but shot a blistering six-under par round Friday to rocket up the leaderboard. With that being said, if you're superstitious, you may want to stop reading here, because Nike isn't allowing Reed to wear red on Sunday for the final round. Reed now holds a two-stroke lead, but Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and other are in hot pursuit of the young American.

"It's going to be a lot of fun", Reed said after his round on Saturday.

Jon Rahm of Spain also chipped in for eagle on No. 8 and saved par on the 13th after hitting into the creek in his round of 65.

Reed posted a five-under 67 that included thundering eagles on each of the back nine's two par 5s.

Alone in second place was Northern Irishman McIlroy (65), who capped his round with an 18-foot birdie putt and will now get his best shot yet at trying to complete his collection of golf's four major titles. Jordan Spieth lost his two-shot lead on the first hole and was on the verge of getting left behind until he made a key par putt to close out the front nine with a 40, and then salvaged a 74 to join McIlroy just five shots behind. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, and Justin Thomas, ranked No. 2, are both 3-under.

The 14-time major victor, who had not competed at Augusta National since 2015 because of nagging back issues, fired a level-par 72 to stand on 4-over 220 after 54 holes in his first major since 2015.

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But if Reed-McIlroy II is even half as compelling as their Ryder Cup clash it will be a Sunday to remember. Halfway through his 20th Masters, Tiger Woods was that man. Format: 72-hole stroke play.

Gary Player owns the most starts in Masters history (52). "He went to Augusta State". Tommy Fleetwood's made five straight birdies as I write this to get to 7-under par total and 7-under on the day. "I'm hoping to come in and spoil the party", McIlroy told CBS after his round on Saturday. "So I'm really excited to go out there tomorrow, show everyone what I've got, show Patrick Reed what I've got and, you know, all the pressure is on him tomorrow".

There are plenty of days when a golfer feels like the breaks go against him.

The Masters is where he threw away a four-shot lead in the final round, and now it's the missing piece of a career slam.

Seven years have passed since McIlroy, at the age of 21, blew a four-shot lead with an agonising 80 in the final round at Augusta National. Patrick is going for his first major. That came from Hazeltine and a match described as "one of the best we ever played".

"I'm going to go out there, set myself a score and try to reach it".

But he shrugged off any other comparisons, starting with the decorum outside the ropes at Augusta National compared with a flag-waving crowd at the Ryder Cup. "All the pressure's on him". You've just got to be aware, and obviously, it becomes a tactical golf course when the conditions get tougher or you're presented with kind of tough breaks like that, and I think that's an advantage for me. If he manages to take home the win, he will be in elite company, not just as a Masters victor, but as one of six to have completed the Grand Slam.

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