After an unlikely par at the fifth, where his shot from the fairway bunker caught the lip but kept travelling, he tapped in for birdie at the sixth before holing his sand wedge for eagle at the eighth. Only six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus (37) made more cuts at Augusta National. Reed, seeking his first major title, carded 14-under through 54 holes.
The third round of the Masters was just getting started on Saturday. He finished 1 over for the tournament and left the hallowed grounds feeling a little better about his game.
Woods played the third round with Ian Poulter - they had not played together in a tournament since the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011.
The last two Masters champions won't be playing on the weekend.
"But overall I'm five or six tournaments into it, to be able to compete out here and to score like I did, it feels good". The four-time major victor from Northern Ireland painted himself as the underdog, citing the fact Reed played college golf nearby at Augusta State, asserting the pressure is all on his opponent and saying, "I'm hoping to spoil the party". "I'm out there to play the golf course", Reed said.
"I thoroughly missed it", Woods said. "Best (event) in all of our sport".
"I believe if I play the golf I know how to play, I can win majors", said Reed, a 27-year-old Texan who ended his college career 3 miles down the road at Augusta State. It never happened. Never even came close, either. But it's Sunday. He's wearing red and black.
With that, McIlroy delivered one more smile on a day filled with them. "And I putted bad". All I can do is try shoot the same score again.
"All in all, it was a bittersweet ending", he said.
"I'm out here to do my job, and that's to play golf". I just felt like from that point, the crowds were electrified.
"Obviously, I'm not in the lead like I was going into that day, so I probably don't have as much pressure", he said.
"Sometimes pars might be a little bit boring and you might feel as if you want to get a little bit more out of your round, but as you look up the leaderboard and you're still there around the lead, that's taken awhile for me to adjust to". He went just over the back of the 15th green with a wedge, chipped only up to the putting surface and missed his par putt. "I think that will be a good goal tomorrow, and hopefully I can get it done". It's been two, two-and-a-half years, whatever it's been, since I played in a major championship. "He has got to protect that and he has some pretty big-time players behind him". "And I peaked at it four times over the course of my career, and it's tiring".
Reed enjoyed an enormous stroke of luck when his approach to the 13th came up short, but plugged in the bank of Rae's Creek instead of rolling back into the water. A year later, he advanced to the final of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links and led 1 up entering the 36 hole before losing two straight holes and surrendering a Masters invite to Byron Meth in 37 holes. He totally fell apart after that, playing the last nine holes at 7 over to finish with an 80.
Skirts it to the right and it rolls past to sit four feet shy. He drained a sweeping 30-footer after reaching the green in two.
"My swing is slightly off", he said. His irons have been off target, and even on the first he was unable to find the green from inside 100m after a booming drive.
"I need help. I'm not in control of my own destiny", he moaned.