McIlroy, meanwhile, will have to wait another year for a shot at the career Grand Slam after his disappointing round.
Patrick Reed held on to win the Masters despite some dramatic late charges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. The 27-year-old from Texas and the 28-year-old from Northern Ireland memorably battled in a singles match at the 2016 Ryder Cup (won by Reed), but both were adamant that Sunday's round won't be just a two-man event. Don't look at that board. Even on the 71st hole, when he seemed to have a forever putt and seemed to be staring at a 3-putt that would have dropped him into a tie with Fowler, he hit the flagstick and almost holed out for a birdie. He seems unflustered by it all. I feel like that I've played some golf that I need to play in order to get to where I want to be, and that's to be the best golfer in the world. But there's something about the position he's in that can be hard on which to sleep, and the others around him know that.
"I think the biggest thing is just going out and playing golf, trying not to let the moment overwhelm me", said Reed, who notched his first top-10 at a major last August at the PGA Championship. "You know, with it, it gave me the reward of winning my first Green Jacket". From there, disaster: a wayward drive off the 10 tee, an utter collapse around the corner, and a dejected manner on the 13 tee. "But this is - if anything, it's a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into our next major, the U.S. Open". "I've been waiting for this chance".
His primary challenger is McIlroy, in the final group at the Masters for the first time in seven years, this time with a shot at the career Grand Slam. I don't think he's ever even been asked about this TUE - it sort of went under the radar.
Sunday outlook: Fowler's game would dictate that he can win majors - and yet, it simply hasn't happened. Spieth started Sunday nine shots behind Reed's overnight lead at 14-under. If you do what we do, we'll win this golf tournament. Also. his $3.5 million in earnings this season on the PGA Tour is already more than he won in 29 events last season ($3.1 million). "It's been kind of a major championship hump that he's had to get over".More news: Black Panther Blu-Ray Announced
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CBS' emphasis on Woods didn't sit well with Michelle Beadle on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show Monday.
The best one came early Sunday. His record was even more suspect at the Masters.
"One of my huge goals this year was to get back in the winner's circle and to do that in the first major of the year means so much to me". This week, though, he has played Stenson golf: steady, with a 69 followed by two 70s. He made that for par to stay in control. I can just go out and try to play golf. "I'm hoping to come in and spoil the party".
But he shrugged off any other comparisons, starting with the decorum outside the ropes at Augusta National compared with a flag-waving crowd at the Ryder Cup. Two-time champion Bubba Watson joins Australian Marc Leishman and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood at 6 under.
Last year, he demonstrated the talent people have been talking about for so long by shooting a 67 on the second day, putting himself in contention, but the time day four rolled around, he wilted under the pressure and shot a dismal 76 and 4-over par, giving away all the ground he had made up on the day he made the cut. The largest Masters comeback is eight strokes, done twice, by Gary Player in 1978 and Jack Burke in 1956.