McIlroy equalled his lowest round at the Masters with a bogey-free 65 to trail Reed by three shots heading into the final round at Augusta National.
“It’s massive to be in the final group for the first time here since 2011,” said McIlroy, who led by four shots after 54 holes in 2011 before collapsing to a closing 80.
“I wish I was a little closer to the lead or leading, but I’m in the final group and I’ve shot 65 on moving day at the Masters.
“Patrick’s got a three shot lead, I feel like all the pressure’s on him.
“Obviously we’re both playing really solid golf to be able to go into a final round on Sunday at the first major.
The biggest thing I can pull from Hazeltine is I was going head to head with Rory and was able to put together a really good round, and when he tried to make a counter, I was able to always stay ahead and keep going.” 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.