Patrick Reed wins with a shot over Rickie Fowler
Reed shot 71 for a total score of 15-under-273
Fowler managed 5-under-67 to finish second at 14-under-274
McIlroy now has to wait 51 more weeks to complete his career grand slam
Patrick Reed wins his first major tournament at the 82nd Masters played at the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia.
Patrick Reed entered the final round with three strokes lead over Irishman Rory McIlroy, who was trying to be only the sixth man in the history to achieve career grand slam with a win here, but it could not happen as McIlroy posted a final round of two-over-74 for a T-5th finish on the board.
Patrick Reed attended college less than 5 miles away from Augusta National but still was not the hometown hero as he got a little less warm welcome compared to the Irishman when he walked on the tee. Reed diplomatically answered it later “Had a really welcoming cheer from the fans, but then when Rory walked up to the tee, you know, his cheer was a little louder.”
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Posted by Masters Tournament on Sunday, April 8, 2018
“Seemed like everyone else was saying how great I was playing all week, how very impressed they were,” explained Reed, who opened with three rounds in the 60s to become the outright leader the previous two days. “But come Saturday night and Sunday morning, they were like, ‘Oh, well, even though we said all these great things about how he’s playing, we think Rory’s going to win.’
“You know, going into that, it just was like, ‘OK, that takes a little bit of that pressure off of me and I can just go out and try to play golf.’ That kind of fit into the motto that I was trying to do all week – just go out and play golf.”
Then Reed added: “It’s definitely harder to do that than I thought.”
“Momentum is a huge thing, especially in final rounds,” McIlroy said. “You look at what Jordan and Rickie did. They got on a roll and I didn’t.”
“We did everything we could,” Fowler said. “And Patrick went out there and outplayed all of us this week and he earned it.”
Patrick, he’s not scared,” added Fowler. “I think you guys have seen that previously from the Ryder Cups and the way he plays. He’s not scared on the golf course. He’ll play aggressively. He’ll play his game. He won’t back down.
“I don’t necessarily see him as someone that backs up and will let you come back into the tournament. You have to go catch him.”
“I knew the lead was going to shrink,” Reed said. “It’s the flows of golf. You’ve just got to know how to handle it.”
Jordan Spieth started his final round nine-shots back from the leader, tore up the Augusta National, shooting an 8-under-64-the lowest final round in Masters history. Spieth drained a 33-foot birdie on the 16th to tie for the lead.
A minute earlier, Reed hit his second shot into the par-5 13th. The ball came up short but hung precariously on the bank. It was a fortunate stroke of luck, a sign that perhaps this was Reed’s day. Par there.
Fifteen minutes later, Reed birdied the 14th to regain the lead. Spieth was running out of holes. It was an electrifying charge, but he simply started too far back. “I almost pulled off the impossible,” Spieth said.
Phil Mickelson shot five-under-67 for the final round for a T-36th finish at the Masters at 2-over-290 with Zach Johnson.
Tiger Woods posted 73 on Sunday for a T-32nd finish at 1-under-289 with Daniel Berger, Adam Scott (2013 winner), and Haotong Li.