Reed wins first major at the Masters

Lawrence Cooper
April 12, 2018

The Northern Irishman was tipped to win his first Green Jacket despite trailing Reed by three shots heading into Sunday's final round. Then it was Spieth, running off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to challenge the course record. At The Ryder Cup, it's just a totally different type of pressure.

It sure feels like it.

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. From just under 270 yards, as the rain made the air heavy, Reed hit 3-wood just over the water and short of the bunker, and his chip from 80 feet slammed against the pin and dropped.

Reed didn't care when someone asked Saturday night why fans don't embrace him.

The way things unfolded for Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Masters, though, it may end up hurting even more.

McIlroy, meanwhile, had his chance at the second, where he failed to hole an eagle opportunity - and he must have missed eight putts from 10 feet on Sunday.

McIlroy should hope he hasn't used up all his luck.

Reed followed that up with a birdie on 14 to push the lead to 15-under, the third-lowest winning score to par in the last 10 years at the Masters.

Speaking of Singh, he shot an ugly 79 that put him in the first group of the final round. I feel like that I've played some golf that I need to play in order to get to where I want to be, and that's to be the best golfer in the world.

He paused and smiled upon hearing a few chuckles. He ran off four straight top-five finishes in the majors in 2014, but he has largely disappointed since.

"It's going to be fun", he added.

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Fowler did his best with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, and an 8-foot birdie on the final hole.

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So many others who started the third round with a chance didn't do almost enough to stay even remotely close to Reed.

McIlroy shot 74 and was pretty much irrelevant on the back nine. Reed prevailed on the 18th hole in a rare USA victory at the Ryder Cup.

Reed was known for his toughness, but that didn't always translate to stroke play. Now it's about history of their own, not a trophy they share. "It's definitely frustrating", said Thomas, ranked second in the world. "He went to Augusta State". If you wanted a golfer to win a match for your life, you would surely consider picking him.

There were plenty of American fans cheering for him at Hazeltine in 2016 when he matched McIlroy shot for shot and at one point wagged his finger at him.

Jon Rahm did great to get within a couple of shots of the lead during the final round, having carded a 75 on Thursday.

Quote: "I've been waiting for this chance, to be honest". He's still waiting to celebrate his first major title win.

He had an enjoyable Sunday morning on October 2, 2016, when he went out against McIlroy in the opening singles match at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. "It's hard to take any positives from it right now, but at least I put myself in the position".

But he shrugged off any other comparisons, starting with the decorum outside the ropes at Augusta National compared with a flag-waving crowd at the Ryder Cup. Reed said afterwards that spurred him on, per Murray.

"I mean, I have no idea and honestly I don't really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not cheering for me".

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