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The Latest on Sunday’s final round of the Masters (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth are now tied at the Masters, setting up a scintillating finish in the final round.

Reed missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 13th just minutes after Spieth drained a 35-footer for birdie at the par-3 16th. Spieth turned to his caddy and seemed to say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me” after the putt dropped.

They are at 14 under, two shots ahead of Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler.

The change atop the leaderboard drew a huge roar from fans surrounding the 18th green.

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5:30 p.m.

Patrick Reed is clinging to a one-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth in a thrilling final round at the Masters.

Reed rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the 12th hole, pushing his score to 14 under for the tournament.

Spieth answered with a birdie of his own at the par-5 15th, rolling in a testy, 6-foot putt that made him 8 under for the day and 13 under overall.

Rickie Fowler is also in the mix, just two shots back. Jon Rahm is four behind, while Rory McIlroy has faded to five shots off the lead playing in the final group with Reed.

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4:45 p.m.

Charley Hoffman has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.

Hoffman flirted with the bunker left of the 16th green, only to catch a fortuitous kick that sent the ball right into the hole.

It was the third straight year that there’s been at least one ace at the 170-yard hole known as Redbud.

Matt Kuchar had a hole-in-one in 2017, while three players did it in 2016.

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4:30 p.m.

Paul Casey has bogeyed the last two holes at the Masters to miss out on the course record.

Casey still managed to shoot a 7-under 65, which is the lowest round of the day so far and his best score ever in a major championship.

Beginning at No. 11, Casey ripped off a streak of four birdies and an eagle over five holes, pushing his score for the day to 9 under. That gave him at a shot at the Augusta National record.

He came up short of the 63 shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

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4:10 p.m.

Jordan Spieth is making a huge move in the final round of the Masters.

The 24-year-old Texan made five birdies on the front nine at Augusta National to push his score to 10 under overall.

Spain’s Jon Rahm is also at 10 under, joining Spieth just one shot behind Rory McIlroy and four in back of leader Patrick Reed.

Spieth faced a nine-shot deficit coming into the day and talked about having a rare, pressure-free round at the Masters.

Not anymore.

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3:45 p.m.

Paul Casey is having quite a round at Augusta National.

The 40-year-old Englishman has ripped off four birdies and an eagle over five holes on the back side, pushing his score to 9 under for the final day. He has a shot at the course record shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

Price shot a 9-under 63 in 1986, a mark matched 10 years later by Norman.

If Casey can play the final three holes at even par, he’ll finish with a 63.

Unfortunately for Casey, he came into the round too far back to make a run at the green jacket. He started Sunday 16 shots behind leader Patrick Reed.

Reed remains three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy.

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3:20 p.m.

Tiger Woods finally found his form at the Masters. It came a few days too late.

Woods closed with a flurry, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round and finishing at 1-over 289 for the tournament.

Woods had two birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the back nine. The eagle was his first at the week. His only late blemish was missing a 9-foot par putt at No. 18. Still, he played much more like the four-time Masters champion everyone remembers for the first time all week.

The former world No. 1 is returning to competitive golf after a fourth back surgery. He played the Masters for the first time since 2015.

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2:45 p.m.

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy have teed off in the final round at the Masters, and it sure looks like they’re feeling the pressure.

Reed yanked his tee shot at the par-4 first left and into pine straw. McIlroy pushed his way, way right but still in bounds.

Reed and McIlroy are in the final pairing at Augusta National. Reed is 14 under, three strokes ahead of McIlroy.

Reed is seeking his first major championship. McIlroy is trying to complete the career Grand Slam.

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2:15 p.m.

Tiger Woods has his most birdies of any round at the Masters this week.

Woods made his fourth of the day when he sank a 4-foot putt at the par-5 13th. He had a decent look at eagle, but missed a downhill, 17-footer and settled for a 4.

Woods is 1 under in the final round and 3 over for the tournament. He has four birdies and three bogeys. The four-time Masters champion had three birdies in the opening round, two in the second and three in the third.

He’s trying to finish a round under par for the first time this week.

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12:20 p.m.

Tiger Woods’s final round at this Masters may have included his best iron shot of the week.

Woods nearly aced the 240-yard, par-3 fourth. His tee shot landed a few feet short of the flag, bounced a few times and then skirted by the left edge of the hole. He was left with a left-to-right-breaking 10-footer that he dropped in the left side of the cup.

It provided a brief glimpse of what might have been at Augusta National had Woods had better distance control with his irons.

Woods missed greens right and left, never really getting approach shots in the perfect spots on treacherous greens.

His errant ways left him starting a lot sooner than expected and will have him finishing shortly after the leaders tee off Sunday afternoon.

Woods also made a birdie on par-5 second, but followed that with bogey on the par-4 third. He is 3-over for the tournament.

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2:20 a.m.

It’s essentially a Ryder Cup rematch at Augusta National.

Patrick Reed and his par-5 prowess versus Rory McIlroy and his penchant for clutch shots.

A 27-year-old American seeking his first major championship versus a 28-year-old Irishman chasing golf history.

Reed and McIlroy are forever linked to that singles match two years ago, which Reed won on the 18th hole. The personalities are unchanged. The events, and the stakes, are entirely different.

The crowd figures to be equally loud, just not as obnoxious.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you can do at a Ryder Cup that you can’t do at Augusta National,” Reed said with a smile.

Don’t look for McIlroy to cup his hand over his ear to encourage the gallery to scream even louder. Or for Reed to point at McIlroy if he pulls off a clutch moment.

Besides, it’s stroke play. Reed had a three-shot lead. And it wasn’t just about them.

Keeping the lead won’t be easy for Reed, not on this stage. But he doesn’t buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him, a notion McIlroy quickly suggested.

“I am leading,” he said. “At the same time, he’s going for the career Grand Slam.”

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Zach Johnson Andrew Landry Share Texas Open Lead

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Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.

Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.

Johnson won the tournament in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan won the 2015 British Open for the last of his 12 PGA Tour titles. The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.

Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the AT&T Oaks back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.

Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O’Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.

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Aston Villa Outcast Gabby Agbonlahor Could Retire From Football This Summer… Aged Just 31

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EX-ENGLAND striker Gabby Agbonlahor could RETIRE from football — aged 31.

The Aston Villa striker is out of contract in the summer and is considering all options — including walking away from the game.

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Agbonlahor has spent his entire career at Villa aside from short loans early on at Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, but boss Steve Bruce says no fresh terms will be offered.

The star, who has not played since before Christmas due to injury, has been linked with a move to the MLS and can start talks about a pre-contract to start in the summer.

His Villa exit will end 17 years at the club where he broke into the England team in 2008. He had a goal disallowed on debut against Germany and earned two more caps.

Villa are pushing for promotion to the Premier League and remain in the running for second after thrashing Ipswich 4-0 on Saturday.

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But they face losing a number of important players following their recent fine run of results under Steve Bruce.

SunSport understands Sam Johnstone could be heading to Tottenham this summer as back-up for Hugo Lloris.

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The Englishman is on loan from Manchester United but Villa are yet to secure a permanent deal.

Reports also claim that Jack Grealish is wanted by Leicester in a £20million swoop – but only if Villa remain in the Championship.

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Alexis Sanchez Delivered When It Was Most Needed To Show That Class Is Permanent

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ALEXIS SANCHEZ needed this. By all rights, he should not have been playing.

He had been part of the diabolical performance against West Brom after which Jose Mourinho made it clear Wembley places were up for grabs.

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Marcus Rashford and, to a lesser extent, Anthony Martial answered the call in midweek against Bournemouth and must have been bemused, therefore, to be left on the bench.

Sanchez was in.

Had the name and the money he earns usurped form?

Was Mourinho avoiding another Paul Pogba situation — i.e. why is the big name dropped? Is there a problem? Has it been a mistake to buy him? Why can’t he get the best out of him?

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So the pressure was really on the Chilean to produce and how he did so with a goal and assist that takes Manchester United to another Cup final.

Form maybe temporary but class is permanent and this was a top-class display from Sanchez.

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It was full of heart, full of tenacity.

When he was subbed in the final minute of injury time he left the pitch covered in mud and sweat, his chest heaving with the effort he had put in.

The United end rose as one to acclaim him.

The manager was ready with a handshake. Job done.

Sanchez had not let the boss down, nor the fans that made the red half of this stadium a cacophony of noise from the moment he nodded United back into the game in the 24th minute.

What a header it was, too, as he directed the ball back across Michel Vorm, leaning backwards in mid-air.

He now has eight goals in eight games for club and country at Wembley.

And in the 62nd minute, there he was working down that left flank and rolling the ball across for Ander Herrera’s winner, too.

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In injury time it was Sanchez winning the ball on the top of his own box and charging up to halfway where he won a throw-in to waste valuable seconds.

The statistics will tell you that Sanchez loses the ball a lot.

Part of the reason for that is he demands it so much.

He wants it all the time, no matter where he is on the pitch, and berates team-mates who do not give it to him.

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When he does lose it, he just wants it again and again and is always available to have it.

True, Sanchez had hardly had the dramatic impact on this side since his New Year switch from Arsenal that United fans had hoped for.

But Mourinho constantly points to the fact that it is always  difficult for a mid-term addition to integrate.

So you can understand why he has not always been on the same wavelength as his team-mates.

But the evidence of yesterday is that things can only get better.

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Sanchez is going to be a big part of the next chapter at this club. For any other club, an FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League, Community Shield and now another FA Cup final would show real signs of progress over the space of three seasons.

Sir Alex Ferguson raised the bar so high, however, that this is considered barely enough.

After all, it was not that long ago that United fans were in  this stadium for a Champions League final.

But times have changed and Sir Alex now looks on from the stands on these occasions.

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This is the Mourinho era and, despite his detractors, he is the man United needed.

The man to stabilise a club that had fallen dramatically from their perch.

No, it is not the football from the glory days under Fergie but neither is it as bad as some would have you believe.

Since late February, United have beaten all four teams  closest to them in the league in Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and now Spurs.

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