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Rory McIlroy hails 'best ever' Masters round as he seals spot in final Sunday pairing with stunning 65

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy will play in the final pairing in the fourth round of the Masters.

That's after he carded a seven-under-par 65 in his third round to sit second behind leader Patrick Reed.

McIlroy goes into the final round on -11, three behind the overnight front-runner.

The pair, of course, went head to head in the singles round of the 2016 Ryder Cup in what was an explosive match that Reed won one up.

But on this occasion, the duo won't exactly be going head to head.

That's because Rickie Fowler's third round matched Rory's 65, leaving the American two behind McIlroy in third.

"There are still more players in this tournament than Patrick and I," Rory told the BBC. "I'll try and play a good round of golf. I told myself today not to look at leadeboards. Tomorrow I'll know where Patrick Reed is but I'll set myself a score and I'll try and get to it."

Rory went out in a five under par 31 care of three birdies and a chip-in eagle three at the eighth. He picked up another shot at the par five 15th and closed the round with a lengthy birdie putt on 18.

"I loved every minute of it," he said. "It's the best round I've ever played here - bogey free. I didn't put a foot wrong but when I did, I took advantage of a bit of luck or got it up and down. It was a great round and I'm very proud of how I handled everything.

"One round to go and hopefully I can keep doing what I'm doing."

Leader Reed eagled both of the back nine par fives on his way to a third round 67.

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