Reed and McIlroy are indelibly linked to that Ryder Cup singles match at Hazeltine some 18 months ago when they traded big putts and uppercuts until Reed prevailed on the 18th hole.
And the fact that Woods began his round 18 shots behind overnight leader Patrick Reed was also not enough to spoil the party for the former world number one's supporters.
Spieth finished in second place at 13-under par, with Reed claiming the title after shooting a -15 over the course of four rounds. "You had to birdie the last".
Meanwhile, the story of the day was Jordan Spieth who started the day nine shots back.
He may not win any popularity contests, sure, but isn't it a bit rich that, earlier this week, The Masters threatened to turn into a Tiger Woods love-in? He struck the ball well but had difficulty finding the correct line on the greens.
Of course, he's going to have to play some awesome golf to hold off Rory McIlroy, who is in search of his first green jacket and completion of the career grand slam, but Reed has faced McIlroy before.
"Patrick's got a three shot lead, I feel like all the pressure's on him".
But Woods said that "things are progressing" in his latest return from injury.
"Just playing golf. You know, every time I come to a major, I always think, oh, well, it's a major, and I try to put too much on it". He didn't come close to winning the Masters, but his play since he finished 12th in February's Honda Classic suggests his 80th career PGA Tour victory is finally on the horizon. He had a four-shot lead in the 2011 and shot 80 in the final round. He missed four putts inside 10 feet on the front nine, and he missed a 3-foot par on the 14th.
His tee shot at the par-three fourth was within a hair's breadth of a hole-in-one, scooting almost over the hole to leave him a nine-footer which he made for birdie. The fans are going to be ready to go, they are going to be ready to cheer for whoever is making putts, whoever is making birdies or pulling off shots.
Fowler was in prime position past year, standing one stroke off the pace entering the final round before posting a 76 that dropped him down into a tie for 11th behind Sergio Garcia.
Woods had two birdies and an eagle on the back and looked like he would get to even par for the event.
The four-time Masters champion somewhat returned to form at Augusta National.
Reed is seeking his first major championship.