Patrick Reed leads but Rory McIlroy is bang there for Masters weekend

Patrick Reed celebrates after sinking the putt on the a18th to win the Masters at Augusta
Martin McGoran

PATRICK Reed took the halfway lead at the Masters but Rory McIlroy is perfectly placed for a big challenge over the weekend at Augusta.

The American shot a second round 66 to move to nine-under par and open up a two-shot lead over his nearest challenger, Marc Leishman of Australia, who added a 67 to his opening 70 to move to seven-under par.

Henrik Stenson sits third on five-under par after a 70, while McIlroy posted a second round 71 to his opening 69 and sits tied for fourth on four-under par alongside first round leader Jordan Spieth, who struggled to a 74

World number one Dustin Johnson (68) and US PGA champion Justin Thomas (67) moved menacingly into contention to three-under par, while Justin Rose (70), Rickie Fowler (72), Louis Oosthuizen (71) and Bubba Watson (69) were among a group on two-under par.




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