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. Fowler, who had to settle for his third runner-up finish in a major, left the scoring cabin when Reed two-putted for par down the slippery slope on the 18th green and waited for a chance to greet Reed. Reed was in the group behind him, and perhaps the cheers inspired him.
Couples is 11 shots off Reed's pace heading into the weekend.
The Australian, who made a double-bogey on the same hole in the first round, weighed other options before finally opting for the risky play of hooking it around a tree and over the water.
After his final stroke on a soggy Saturday, he delivered an emphatic pump of the fist. "It won't be quite as intense, but we'll still be feeling it. Patrick is going for his first [major], and I'm going for. something else".
"Played the par-5s bad, " Woods said. He had a decent look at eagle, but missed a downhill, 17-footer and settled for a 4. He was tied for fourth through 54 holes past year, before a final-round 3-over 75.
From there on in Reed followed up both his bogeys on six and eleven with birdies, digging deep.
Dating to 1991, with the exception of Zach Johnson in 2007 (T-4th), Bubba Watson in 2012 (T-3rd), Adam Scott in 2013 (3rd) and Danny Willett in 2016 (T-5th), each Masters champion has been T-2nd or better after 54 holes.
He's trying to finish a round under par for the first time this week.
Woods said he's driving the ball as well as he has this year but had little control of his iron play.
Woods almost aced the 240-yard, par-3 fourth.
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Skirts it to the right and it rolls past to sit four feet shy. "To finally get the opportunity again to see if I can put all those wrongs right is something I'm looking forward to".
Spieth led by two shots after the first round; he shot a 6-under 66. He is 3-over for the tournament.
Patrick is also the victor of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
The 27-year-old Texan becomes the fourth straight Masters champion to win his first major. The events, and the stakes, are entirely different.
Reed's antics go down well with the home crowd, however, and there will be no shortage of backers in the galleries at Augusta National on Sunday. "It's happened many times where a big lead disappears or even gets cut down".
None of it matters to Reed, who is going after his first major.
Spains Rahm, 23, also played without a bogey and was one stroke in front of former British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who carded a 70 for 209. He started the day four shots out of the lead.
Even without them, the show is just getting started.
Keeping the lead won't be easy for Reed, not on this stage.
"I feel like all the pressure is on him", McIlroy said.
"That was pretty exciting for me", Smith said. Had lady luck been on his side, it would have been an ace and surely would have sent the hundreds watching him bananas (that's a reference to how Woods described the gallery after that infamous chip-in on 16 in 2005).