Live blog: Patrick Reed (-9) holds two-shot lead through 36 holes at Masters

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Live blog: Patrick Reed (-9) holds two-shot lead through 36 holes at Masters

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Live blog: Patrick Reed (-9) holds two-shot lead through 36 holes at Masters

The first major of the season is here! Yes, the Masters is on tap this week and we are all so excited.

We will be tracking all the action out of Augusta National. Follow along below…

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UPDATE No. 38 (7:57 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed finishes with a 66 to get in at 9 under overall. He leads by two. Tiger Woods makes the cut. Here’s the day’s recap, with all of the notables pointed out.

UPDATE No. 37 (7:31 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed bogeys the 16th and was in danger of another at the 17th, but he got up and down.

He comes to the 18th at 9 under and with a two-shot lead. Barring something insane, he’ll be your 36-hole leader. Tiger Woods fires a 3-over 75, by the way, and he makes the cut. The cutline will come in at 5 over, and he finished 36 holes at 4 over.

UPDATE No. 36 (7 p.m. ET): Reed birdies 15 for his ninth of the day. He’s 7 under for the round, 10 under overall and leads by three.

UPDATE No. 35 (6:40 p.m. ET): Justin Thomas is charging.

He’s made six birdies today, including on his last three holes. He’s 5 under for the round and 3 under overall with three to play. He’s now T-6.

UPDATE No. 34 (6:24 p.m. ET): P Reed is not taking his foot off the pedal. He stuffs his approach into the par-4 14th for a tap-in birdie. That moves him to 9 under and two shots clear of Leishman. And he’s five clear of third place.

UPDATE No. 33 (6:15 p.m. ET): Marc Leishman throws up a hero shot at No. 15. A huge draw around the trees slings around, barely carries the fronting water and rolls left all the way within 6 feet of the cup.

A miraculous shot and he drains the eagle putt to move to 7 under. That would’ve tied him for the lead, but Patrick Reed birdied the 13th in the meantime to move to 8 under.

UPDATE No. 32 (6 p.m. ET): Leishman bogeys the 14th to fall back to 5 under. Reed’s lead is now two again,

Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman are all 3 under right now during their rounds.

UPDATE No. 31 (5:35 p.m. ET): Leishman birdies No. 13 to move to 6 under. That cuts Reed’s lead to one. Charley Hoffman is two back and is through 11 holes on his round. Spieth and McIlroy technically still share the clubhouse lead at 4 under.

UPDATE No. 30 (4:51 p.m. ET): Reed bogeys the 10th to fall to 7 under. But he still leads by two. He missed a 7-footer to drop the shot.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, does well to bogey the 12th after hitting his tee shot at the par 3 in the water. Even with that bogey save, he’s on the cutline at 5 over.

UPDATE No. 29 (4:37 p.m. ET): Here’s the current top 10 leaderboard at the Masters. quite a few big names playing well.

UPDATE No. 28 (4:34 p.m. ET): Reed makes a simple two-putt birdie at the eighth, and he’s now 7 under overall.

That’s five birdies in eight holes as he builds a two-shot lead.

UPDATE No. 27 (4:19 p.m. ET): Spieth also gets in at 4 under. It was a difficult day for him, but he rebounded from a double bogey-bogey start to play his final 16 holes in 1 under. He’s T-3 in the clubhouse.

The lead is now 6 under, by the way, as Reed has birdied the seventh.

UPDATE No. 26 (4:01 p.m. ET): McIlroy gets in at 1-under 71 thanks to four straight pars to close. That puts him at 4 under through 36 holes. He’s one off the lead, and he’s in the clubhouse. Spieth is 4 under with one to play.

UPDATE No. 25 (3:50 p.m. ET): Vijay Singh is just two back!

The 55-year-old birdies Nos. 8 and 10 to move to 3 under. Again, he’s within two. So, so impressive.

UPDATE No. 24 (3:42 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson bogeys 18 for a 7-over 79. His round includes a triple bogey and a double bogey. Those play a huge role in Lefty playing his final 10 holes in 7 over. Just baffling. He’s in at 5 over for two rounds. That puts him right on the cutline. We’ll see if Mickelson makes it to the weekend.

UPDATE No. 23 (3:29 p.m. ET): Spieth birdies 15 after draining a 13-footer. He’s now just one back. Look at the top of this leaderboard. Wow!

UPDATE No. 22 (3:25 p.m. ET): Reed bogeys the fourth to fall to 5 under. He now co-leads with Leishman. McIlroy is 4 under and solo third with two to play. Spieth is 3 under with four to play.

Dustin Johnson is making a move. He’s 3 under today through 14 and is now 2 under overall. Tiger Woods is struggling. He’s 4 over for the tournament with 12 to play. The cutline is currently at 5 over.

UPDATE No. 21 (2:56 p.m. ET): Reed starts birdie-birdie-birdie and is now 6 under. He takes the solo lead.

McIlroy birdies 14 and is now tied for third at 4 under. Wow, what a Saturday pairing that could be!

UPDATE No. 20 (2:46 p.m. ET): Reed birdies No. 2! That birdie-birdie start pushes him back into a share of the lead with Leishman, who parred the fourth. Both are 5 under.

Henrik Stenson is 4 under. Rory McIlroy is among those T-4 at 3 under. Tony Finau fires a 74 to finish at 2 under (he’s T-8). Spieth is 3 under with five to play after birdieing 13.

UPDATE No. 19 (2:23 p.m. ET): Marc Leishman birdies each of his first three holes to move to 5 under. He now leads alone by one.

UPDATE No. 18 (2:15 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed birdies the first to move to 4 under. He now shares the lead with Cabrera Bello and Leishman.

UPDATE No. 17 (2:11 p.m. ET): Rafa Cabrera Bello birdies No. 10 and moves into a share of the lead at 4 under. He and Leishman co-lead.

UPDATE No. 16 (2:04 p.m. ET): Marc Leishman starts his round birdie-birdie to move to 4 under. That moves the Aussie back into the solo lead by one.

Six are tied for second at 3 under. Leishman is playing with Tiger Woods, who starts bogey-par and is 2 over.

UPDATE No. 15 (1:46 p.m. ET): Russell Henley with an incredible eagle at 15! He’s now back to 3 over.

UPDATE No. 14 (1:30 p.m. ET): Wiesberger bogeys the fourth to fall to 2 under. We have a seven-way tie for the lead again. Kuchar is among those at that number.

Spieth, McIlroy and Fowler are all one back.

UPDATE No. 13 (1:15 p.m. ET): Oof. Come on, Phil…

Mickelson triple bogeys the par-4 ninth to plummet from 2 under to 1 over. It really got out of hand after Lefty hit a tree dead on as he tried to escape the woods. He’s now outside the top 25.

UPDATE No. 12 (1:01 p.m. ET): Well, that was short-lived for Fowler.

Bernd Wiesberger birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 4 under. He’s now the outright leader by one.

UPDATE No. 12 (12:57 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler birdies the eighth to move to 3 under, and that ties him for the lead!

Fowler drained a 25-footer to move him into an eight-way tie at the top.

UPDATE No. 11 (12:47 p.m. ET): We have an eight-way tie for the lead again! Here’s the current leaderboard.

UPDATE No. 10 (12:40 p.m. ET): The defending Masters champ, who tees off later today, still has a shot to make the weekend!

UPDATE No. 9 (12:23 p.m. ET): What a par save, Rick! Fowler is just one back at 2 under. It’s down to a six-way tie for the lead at 3 under by the way. McIlroy has fallen to 2 under.

UPDATE No. 8 (12:13 p.m. ET): We now have an eight-way tie for the lead. Add Rafa Cabrera Bello to that group after a birdie at No. 3.

So many names at 3 under. Mickelson and Fowler are just one back through six holes. Dustin Johnson is within two after eagling the second!

UPDATE No. 7 (11:55 a.m. ET): Wow. McIlroy and Kuchar both bogey.

We have a seven-way tie for the lead at 3 under.

UPDATE No. 6 (11:35 a.m. ET): A nightmare for Spieth so far.

He follows his double bogey by bogeying the second. A par 5. A poor drive left led to a bad layup and he did well to leave himself 50+ feet for birdie from the front fringe. He three-putts from there (missing a 5-footer) and falls out of the lead. He actually made a 4-footer comebacker just to salvage bogey.

Spieth is now 3 under and one back. He came to the 18th yesterday at 7 under and three ahead. What a change.

UPDATE No. 5 (11:28 a.m. ET): McIlroy birdies No. 3, too, after beautifully running his 43-yard second shot within 4 feet. He cleans that up, and now … HE’S TIED FOR THE LEAD.

That’s right, McIlroy has reached 4 under. Your leaders are now Spieth, McIlroy and Kuchar. Oh man, is this exciting.

UPDATE No. 4 (11:20 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy follows an opening bogey with a birdie at No. 2. And now he’s within one of the lead as well. McIlroy, Mickelson (through three) and Finau (through five) are the players on the course one off the lead.

UPDATE No. 3 (11:08 a.m. ET): Wow. What a quick turn!

Jordan Spieth goes into the right trees at No. 1 and continues to make a mess of things from there. He misses an 11-footer for bogey. His opening double drops him to 4 under and into a share of the lead with Matt Kuchar.

Phil Mickelson birdied No. 2 to move to 3 under. And he’s now just one back.

UPDATE No. 2 (10:44 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are off! As is Rory McIlroy.

Lefty starts with par to stay 2 under. Fowler bogeys to drop to 1 under. McIlroy is currently playing the first. Remember, leader Jordan Spieth tees off in less than 10 minutes.

UPDATE No. 1 (10:18 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth will tee off in 35 minutes. Rory McIlroy is off in 24 minutes.

For now, Haotong Li and Tony Finau are on the course. Li has started with three straight pars to stay at 3 under. Finau has started bogey-par to fall to 3 under. There is just one player under par in his round among the 27 out there currently. Jimmy Walker is that lucky and lonely soul, as he is 1 under through four to sit even overall.

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