Reed builds three-shot lead over McIlroy

Reed countered by saying McIlroy has pressure trying to complete the career grand slam.

Patrick Reed went from Ryder Cup hero to major champion Sunday when he won the Masters by one shot at 15 under.

Rory McIlroy maintained his hopes of a first Masters title with a bogey-free seven-under 65, but Patrick Reed takes a three-shot lead into the final round.

Fowler went 5-under on the final ten holes, including a birdie on No. 18 to pull within one shot.

Very little went right except for a pair of birdies on the par 5s on the back nine. A wonderful second shot to the par-5 13th set up a 12 foot eagle putt, and then just two holes later he would chip in for his second eagle of the day on 15 to take a five shot lead.

Patrick Reed of the United States celebrates with his wife Justine after winning the US Masters at Augusta National.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy started the day in second place, three shots behind Reed.

The duo, who famously went head-to-head at the Hazeltine Ryder Cup back in 2016, will go out as the final group as Augusta looks to crown its latest victor (7.40pm BST). "Given the fact that I was playing well coming in, my practice sessions have been good, I just have not executed the way that I have been". If you had said that previous year at this particular time I would have been competing again, I would have said you were insane.

"I feel like all aspects of my game are in really good shape, and I'm much more relaxed", McIlroy said.

The promised duel between Reed and his final-round enjoying companion, Rory McIlroy, by no means materialized.

"All the pressure is on him", McIlroy said. That was more than enough to atone for the few times he got out of position, and his 6-under 66 put him atop the leaderboard for the first time in a major. "He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight". So I'm going to go out there and try and freewheel it and play as if I've nothing to lose and all to gain, which I do. If I can do that, I feel like I'll be okay. They got on a roll and I didn't.

"Mentally, I'm treating it like any other tournament".

Whether it's his profane on-course language, his brash proclamation four years ago that he was a top five player in the world - before he had played in a major - or his college history, Reed just isn't a popular golfer.

After back-to-back birdies at Nos.

However, breathing down his neck is McIlroy, who made up two shots on the American after carding a error-free third-round score of 65 (seven-under par). And it wasn't his only fortuious moment. He played the first 16 holes at 8-under to briefly tie for the lead after making long putts at both Nos. The 2015 Masters champion played the first 17 holes in 9 under without a bogey, but hit a tree off the tee on 18, resulting in an untimely bogey.

However, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will have to do the unprecedented and rally from nine back.

While Reed had established his championship credentials with five PGA Tour wins and runnerup finish at the last major the 2017 PGA Championships at Quail Hollow, Reed, who had never had round under 70 at Augusta National, was not rated among the hot favorites when the year's first major got underway.

  • Leroy Wright