"I knew that the lead was going to shrink at some times, and I knew it could grow".
"You know, but the way you're going to do that is perform in these big events and to win these big events". "It was really satisfying". Reed has won his first green jacket, and by the way, he talks since his win, he likely feels that it will not be his last.
Before Fowler took up the challenge of overhauling Reed, it was Spieth leading the chase with a sizzling eight-under 64 that matched the lowest final round at a Masters to finish two shots back.
McIlroy shot 74 and was pretty much irrelevant on the back nine. "I wanted to shoot a low round and see if something insane happens".
"Gave it our all, left it all out there, made P-Reed earn it", Fowler said. They got on a roll and I didn't. He sank the comeback effort and pumped his fist in celebration. I feel like this is a year to knock off our first (major).
Reed sent his opening tee shot deep into the pines and opened his account with a bogey and McIlroy amped up the pressure with a birdie at the second while Reed settled for a par as the American's advantage narrowed to one stroke.
"I just didnt quite have it", the Northern Ireland star said. I'm hitting them where I want to.
"Tough day. But Ill be back".
President Donald Trump, a massive golf fan, sent his congratulations to Reed on Twitter.
The question came late in the press conference after Patrick Reed's third round at the Masters, but it was a telling one. Trump tweeted. "When Patrick had his fantastic win at Doral 5 years ago, people saw his great talent, and a bright future ahead. And I believe that's how it's going to be tomorrow".
McIlroy, who can complete a career Grand Slam with a first Masters win, was alone in second on 205 with Fowler third on 207 and world number three Rahm on 208 after a day when threatened thunderstorms failed to materialize.
But it was also the Par 5 No. 13 where he caught his most important break.
He narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the end and was at 14-under 202.
Spieth clipped a tree branch off the 18th tee and needed three to reach the green, where he missed an 8-foot par putt that would have seen him match the 18-hole course record.
Woods last played the event in 2015.
Reed, however, never lost at least a share of the lead and made birdie on the 12th from 22 feet - his first birdie on the devilish par-3 hole.
Well, according to the Official World Rankings right now, absolutely not.
He had to get up-and-down behind the green on the par-5 15th for par.
Leishman, who soaked up the madness of playing alongside Tiger Woods for the first two rounds, can only wish to be in a similar scenario, with a blip on the seventh hole the only outlier to complement 17 straight pars on Sunday (AEST). "Every hole it seemed like I had a really good look at it, but couldn't get anything to go". "All in all it was a bittersweet ending".
He made a 15-foot eagle putt on the 13th, and then he showed he was not in the mood to play it safe on the 15th. He's also the fourth successive player aged 27 or under to land a major after Brooks Koepka (US Open), Spieth (Open Championship) and Justin Thomas (US PGA Championship).
Reed certainly did that, his four birdies including three in a row at the eighth, ninth and 10th after McIlroy had pitched in for eagle at the eighth to pull level. But overall it was a lot of fun.