Moving day at the Masters is proving to be just that with a veritable group of young stars making a major charge.
Patrick Reed held a commanding four shot lead over the field, save for Marc Leishman who was two shots back on seven under. The top two failed to break away from the pack on the front nine, and as a result, the tournament is now wide open.
Rickie Fowler, who has yet to win a major, managed to shoot -5 through his first ten holes, including this miracle birdie on the 8th.
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With Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm also making serious inroads, it was imperative for four time major winner Rory McIlroy to keep pace with the challengers.
He did just that with birdies on holes three, four and six, the latter of which he almost aced.
Rory McIlroy's bunker shot on the fifth hole hits the top of the lip, but leaves him in good position. pic.twitter.com/9j5bqCNFHc
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Now only two shots back and with some serious momentum behind him, the Ulsterman striped it 308 yards down the par five 8th. His long approach ended up right of the green, in an area the BBC’s Peter Alliss dejectedly described as Alcatraz.
McIlroy escaped the Augusta prison in spectacular fashion, however.
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Reed’s response was to rattle off three straight birdies around the to reach twelve under par.