Rory McIlroy made an amazing shot from the bunker on the fifth, nearly aced the sixth and then chipped in for eagle on the eighth.
Rory McIlroy came into the third round of the 2018 Masters at 4-under, tied for fourth place and five shots behind leader Patrick Reed. However, the four-time major championship winner, who would be just the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam with a win this week, got off to a hot start in his third round and is making some magic happen.
After pars at the first two holes to start his day, McIlroy made birdie at the par-4 third and followed it up with another at the par-3 fourth to get to 2-under for the day and 6-under for the tournament, just three back of Reed.
Rory came to the 455-yard, par-4 fifth looking to capitalize on the momentum from the previous two holes but found big trouble off the tee, knocking his drive into the deep fairway bunker. People say that it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good in golf and while McIlroy is plenty good, he got a little lucky on his second shot as it hit the lip of the bunker but continued to roll down the fairway with all of that topspin, found the green, rolled up the hill and rested about 15 feet past the hole. He didn’t convert the birdie putt but it was one incredible shot that could have easily led to a bogey or worse. Take a look.
Apparently not thinking that was cool enough, Rory came to the par-3 sixth and made a little more magic happen, nearly getting an ace from 181 yards.
If that wasn’t enough, Rory then chipped in for eagle at the par-5 eighth and got himself into a tie for the lead. That’s five strokes in eight holes.
Something special is happening on Moving Day at The Masters and there’s plenty more to go. Stay tuned.