I didn't quite have it today - Rory McIlroy

Rory's brilliant front nine included two big strokes of luck

"A great day", McIlroy said.

Patrick Reed put together one of the most impressive Masters performances of the decade, defending his lead on the field through the weekend to notch his first career major win at Augusta National.

Marc Leishman has let his run at a green jacket fall by the wayside after a birdieless third round.

This is for themselves, not for team.

Reed and McIlroy are linked so indelibly to that singles match at Hazeltine in 2016 when they produced the highest quality of golf amid ear-splitting cheers, making big putts on top of the other.

Spieth told CBS: "I did not look at one (score) board".

"I think we'll still be feeling it".

And lastly, there are plenty of monetary benefits to winning the Masters outside of picking up a giant winner's cheque. Reed moved to the top of the standings by capturing his first major.

That "something else" is something grand. "I didn't hit my irons very good at all", Woods said. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory. In the end, he holed a putt from three foot for the biggest victory of his career. The next one was far more bold. From just under 270 yards, as the rain made the air heavy, Reed hit 3-wood just over the water and short of the bunker, and his chip from 80 feet slammed against the pin and dropped.

After the usual topics of putts, pressure and the Ryder Cup were dealt with, Reed's popularity - or lack of it - was next on the agenda.

He was at 14-under 202. Fowler not only did not buckle under pressure, but deftly rode under the radar on day three, with a brilliant eagle on hole two, and an impressive five birdies to score a 65 on "moving day".

Reed is hardly a gallery favourite, even in Augusta where he went to university, but he is unlikely to shed any tears over popularity contests. He holed a 10-footer for birdie, the start of three in a row to regain control. "I rode my luck a little bit out there". "Could be just a coincidence or it could be a lot of these players have been close for a long time", said Rahm, who also is seeking his first major.

"You had to ride the momentum and keep it going". He found it, and the bushes are thin enough he could chip out of the mess and escape with par. That, in truth, was just a sign of the competitor in him. "I'm keeping myself in areas where even if I miss greens I can get up and down".

Well, I mean, honestly, I don't ever regret anything I really say. "He's got to go out and protect that, and he's got a few guys chasing him who are pretty big-time players. He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight".

Reed never flinched through it all.

"I am leading", he said. You can put it either way.

That will change next year with the advent of a new tournament next year, the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship, which will be played the week before the Masters.

Rickie Fowler made eagle on the par-5 second and was 5 under through eight holes. He shot 69 and finished fourth. He was at 8-under 208. Australian Marc Leishman was second on 137 after shooting 67 with Sweden's Henrik Stenson third on 139.

The early rain seemed to affect Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who were playing in two of the early groups. He shot 72, was 18 shots behind and now hopes to finish the tournament under par. The fans, yes, were cheering for me, but some of them were cheering more for Rory.

Now it's the missing piece of the slam. "That's just the flows of golf, you just have to handle it". I don't know Patrick Reed or his family or why the split. And it wasn't quite what we both had in mind.

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