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Masters 2018 Leaderboard: Latest Scores and Standings From Sunday at Augusta

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 8, 2018

Patrick Reed hits a drive on the 18th hole during the third round at the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

The anticipation is building for the final round of the 2018 Masters, as Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy are primed for a showdown for the green jacket. 

Reed's been the star of the tournament, as he enters Sunday's final round with a three-shot advantage over McIlroy. 

The 28-year-old McIlroy, a four-time major champion, is in search of the completion of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy played well over the last few years at Augusta National Golf Club, but all everyone remembers is his final-round collapse in 2011. 

With plenty of low scores appearing from Sunday's early pairings, the stage is set for a shot-making showdown between the two leaders. 

Follow along with all of Sunday's action in the Bleacher Report live blog

    

Masters Leaderboard 

Patrick Reed (-14) 

Rory McIlroy (-11) 

Rickie Fowler (-9) 

Jon Rahm (-8) 

Henrik Stenson (-7) 

Tommy Fleetwood (-6) 

Marc Leishman (-6) 

Bubba Watson (-6) 

Full leaderboard can be found here

      

Expect Low Scores from Leaders 

If the performances of the golfers already on course is precedent for the rest of the round, we should see plenty of low scores from the leaders. 

Seventeen players are under par for the round at the moment, with Webb Simpson achieving the most success with two eagles and a birdie on the front nine. 

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Webb Simpson of the United States plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Ima
David Cannon/Getty Images

Although none of the players thriving early Sunday at Augusta are in contention for the title, it is an example for the players in the top 10 of what to expect in the afternoon pairings. 

With every player teeing off before 2 p.m. ET at 10 shots or more behind Reed, the early success stories are playing for places in the standings and more prize money. 

What will be worth watching is how the first pairing of contenders performs on the opening holes of the front nine. 

Justin Thomas has three birdies at No. 2,  while Bubba Watson birdied No. 2 and No. 3 in each of the last two rounds. 

If the golfers in the top 10 ease their nerves from the start, we could be in for an exciting few hours of golf, as some of the lowest scorers from the first three rounds attack the course. 

Reed could be the most dangerous player at Augusta Sunday, as he had four birdies and two eagles in the third round. McIlroy should be close behind, as he hasn't bogeyed in 30 holes. 

     

Reed Enters Final Round with All the Pressure

Reed showed no signs of slowing down Saturday, as he produced a 67, but Sunday at Augusta is a different animal. 

In addition to facing the pressure of holding the lead after three rounds at the Masters, Reed enters with his personal expectations since the tournament takes place close to where he went to school at Augusta State. 

McIlroy admitted after his third-round 65 that all the pressure is on the hometown product, per Golf Digest's Alex Myers: 

Alex Myers @AlexMyers3

Rory McIlroy on being in the final group with Patrick Reed on Sunday. "All the pressure's on him tomorrow. He went to Augusta State, he's got a lot of support here. I'm hoping to come in and spoil the party." #TheMasters #GameOn

Reed's best finish at Augusta before this week was a tie for 22nd in 2015, and he has one top-10 major finish to his name from the 2017 PGA Championship. 

One thing favoring Reed and McIlroy is the gap they possess over Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and others. In each of the last 21 Masters, the winner was within four strokes of the lead after 54 holes, per ESPN's Bob Harig: 

Bob Harig @BobHarig

History is not on the side of anyone outside of Patrick Reed or Rory McIlroy winning today. Each of the last 21 Masters winners were within 4 strokes of the lead through 54 holes. Rickie Fowler is 5 back, Jon Rahm 6 and Henrik Stenson 7. The group tied... https://t.co/CPgzw7XuZY

A year ago without any pressure, Reed shot 76 in the final round, while McIlroy produced a 69 to earn a tie for seventh. 

If the leaders come close to replicating those numbers, McIlroy will earn the elusive jacket while Reed suffers through a heartbreaking day at Augusta. 

      

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Statistics obtained from Masters.com

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