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The Masters 2018

Day 4 - Patrick Reed wins first Major

April 08, 2018

Patrick Reed claimed his maiden Major Championship title after holding off the charges of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to win the Masters Tournament, becoming the third consecutive European Tour Member to slip on the Green Jacket.

“It's almost impossible to put into words. Just to make the par on the last and watch the ball go in the hole and know that I've won my first Major. One of my huge goals this year was to not only contend in Majors but also get back in that winning circle. To do it in the first Major and finish off that drought, it just meant so much to me.”

Masters - Patrick Reed wins first Major, © Getty Images

“I knew it was going to be tough. Any time trying to close off a golf tournament is really hard, but to close off your first Major and to do it at a place that is so close to me.

“I knew that the lead was going to shrink at some times, I knew the lead could grow, it's just the flows of golf. You just have to know how to handle it and the only way I felt like I could get that done was to make sure the putter was working.

“It was tough out there but to be able to make that putt on 14 and then to make the two-putt on 17, it just gave me that momentum going to 18 which in the past has given me so many issues.

The final day was billed as a potential classic, especially as Reed teed off alongside Grand Slam-chasing Rory McIlroy in the final group. Although the Northern Irishman’s chances ended in disappointment, Augusta National still sprung up the usual drama associated with the first Major of the season.

“I played probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played here this week, it just wasn’t meant to be. Of course it’s frustrating and it’s hard to take any positives from it right now but at least I put myself in a position, that’s all I’ve wanted to do," said McIlroy.

The 2015 Masters Champion Spieth was the first to test the nerve of the overnight leader Reed, threatening the course record with a remarkable streak of nine birdies in the opening 16 holes, including four in five from the 12th.

“The first time I saw the leaderboard was after I tapped in on 18, honest to God. I didn't look once today. That was my plan going in. I'm nine back, go out and just have fun, don't worry about the golf tournament itself, worry about playing Augusta National. I heard roars. I knew somebody was playing well.

“With eight people ahead of me starting the day, to get that much help and shoot a fantastic round was nearly impossible. But I almost pulled off the impossible. I had no idea. When I finished and I looked at the board I could have been in the lead by two and I could have been down four. And neither one would have surprised me.

“It was nice. I look back, and, man, I did everything right. The two days prior, too, and the lid was just on the hole. And then guys have chipped in for eagle, balls have stayed out of the water, there’s hit pins when they’re going off the green. When you win, you get these kind of breaks and it's happened to me every single time I've won. And you get a break or two throughout the golf tournament that could be a game changer.”

An unfortunate break on the final hole though, where his drive clipped the trees mid-air and dropped just short of 180 yards from the tee in the rough, spoiled his chances as a bogey five meant he had to settle for an eight under 64 and a 13 under total.

Next up was another Texan, Fowler, who birdied the last to post a 14 under total after a five under 67, but Reed stayed resilient the whole way through and a two-putt par at the last for a one under 71 was enough to clinch a one-stroke triumph on 15 under par.

“It was a great week to get ourselves in the mix and to have a strong weekend, unlike last week. I feel like we got the boxes checked that we wanted to last week in Houston coming into here at Augusta, and I was ready to go win. Unfortunately I was one shot short, but we were able to keep P Reed honest out there, at least making him earn it.

Jon Rahm finished fourth at 11-under after a final-round 3-under 69.

“There weren't many downs today. The only down I would say is the second shot on 15. It's sad, because I played so good the last three days and that one shot where I feel like I made a perfect swing and it wound up in the water.

“It’s just hurtful. It’s actually two of them, 13 yesterday and today on 15. Besides that, I think I handled myself really well. I played good golf, gave myself plenty of opportunities. I wish I would have made a couple more putts, but it is what it is, it's hard to win a Major Championship.”

The 27 year old’s victory means that for the first time in Masters history, three successive winners of the event have been full members of the European Tour - following Sergio Garcia in 2017 and Danny Willett in 2016.

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Patrick Reed
-15
69
66
67
71
273
2
Rickie Fowler
-14
70
72
65
67
274
3
Jordan Spieth
-13
66
74
71
64
275
4
Jon Rahm
-11
75
68
65
69
277
T5
Cameron Smith
-9
71
72
70
66
279
T5
Bubba Watson
-9
73
69
68
69
279
T5
Henrik Stenson
-9
69
70
70
70
279
T5
Rory McIlroy
-9
69
71
65
74
279
9
Marc Leishman
-8
70
67
73
70
280
T10
Tony Finau
-7
68
74
73
66
281
T10
Dustin Johnson
-7
73
68
71
69
281
T12
Charley Hoffman
-6
69
73
73
67
282
T12
Louis Oosthuizen
-6
71
71
71
69
282
T12
Justin Rose
-6
72
70
71
69
282
T15
Paul Casey
-5
74
75
69
65
283
T15
Russell Henley
-5
73
72
71
67
283
T17
Justin Thomas
-4
74
67
70
73
284
T17
Tommy Fleetwood
-4
72
72
66
74
284
19
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
73
71
72
69
285
T20
Webb Simpson
-2
76
73
70
67
286
T20
Francesco Molinari
-2
72
74
70
70
286
T20
Jimmy Walker
-2
73
71
71
71
286
T20
Jason Day
-2
75
71
69
71
286
T24
Branden Grace
-1
73
73
74
67
287
T24
Adam Hadwin
-1
69
75
72
71
287
T24
Si Woo Kim
-1
75
73
68
71
287
T24
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
70
73
72
72
287
T28
Ryan Moore
E
74
72
72
70
288
T28
Satoshi Kodaira
E
71
74
71
72
288
T28
Kevin Kisner
E
72
75
69
72
288
T28
Matt Kuchar
E
68
75
72
73
288
T32
Tiger Woods
1
73
75
72
69
289
T32
Daniel Berger
1
73
74
71
71
289
T32
Adam Scott
1
75
73
70
71
289
T32
Haotong Li
1
69
76
72
72
289
T36
Phil Mickelson
2
70
79
74
67
290
T36
Zach Johnson
2
70
74
74
72
290
T38
Bryson DeChambeau
3
74
74
72
71
291
T38
Rafa Cabrera Bello
3
69
76
74
72
291
T38
Fred Couples
3
72
74
73
72
291
T38
Bernhard Langer
3
74
74
71
72
291
T38
Jhonattan Vegas
3
77
69
72
73
291
T38
Matthew Fitzpatrick
3
75
74
67
75
291
T44
Brian Harman
4
73
74
76
69
292
T44
Ian Poulter
4
74
75
74
69
292
T44
Tyrrell Hatton
4
74
75
73
70
292
T44
Kiradech AphibarnratK. Aphibarnrat
4
79
70
72
71
292
48
Martin KaymerM. Kaymer
6
74
73
74
73
294
49
Vijay SinghV. Singh
7
71
74
79
71
295
T50
Doug GhimD. Ghim (a)
8
72
76
74
74
296
T50
Xander SchauffeleX. Schauffele
8
71
78
72
75
296
52
Kyle StanleyK. Stanley
9
72
74
75
76
297
53
Chez ReavieC. Reavie
10
76
71
75
76
298
CUT
Sandy LyleS. Lyle
6
74
76
--
--
150
CUT
Charl SchwartzelC. Schwartzel
6
72
78
--
--
150
CUT
Jose Maria OlazabalJ. Olazabal
6
74
76
--
--
150
CUT
Jason DufnerJ. Dufner
6
73
77
--
--
150
CUT
Patrick CantlayP. Cantlay
7
75
76
--
--
151
CUT
Shubhankar SharmaS. Sharma
7
77
74
--
--
151
CUT
Thomas PietersT. Pieters
7
73
78
--
--
151
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.T. Potter, Jr.
7
73
78
--
--
151
CUT
Brendan SteeleB. Steele
7
76
75
--
--
151
CUT
Dylan FrittelliD. Frittelli
7
77
74
--
--
151
CUT
Danny WillettD. Willett
7
75
76
--
--
151
CUT
Ross FisherR. Fisher
8
78
74
--
--
152
CUT
Wesley BryanW. Bryan
8
74
78
--
--
152
CUT
Pat PerezP. Perez
8
73
79
--
--
152
CUT
Patton KizzireP. Kizzire
8
76
76
--
--
152
CUT
Trevor ImmelmanT. Immelman
9
78
75
--
--
153
CUT
Joaquin NiemannJ. Niemann (a)
9
76
77
--
--
153
CUT
Yuta IkedaY. Ikeda
9
76
77
--
--
153
CUT
Alex NorenA. Noren
9
74
79
--
--
153
CUT
Kevin ChappellK. Chappell
9
77
76
--
--
153
CUT
Doc RedmanD. Redman (a)
9
76
77
--
--
153
CUT
Yusaku MiyazatoY. Miyazato
10
77
77
--
--
154
CUT
Gary WoodlandG. Woodland
10
78
76
--
--
154
CUT
Austin CookA. Cook
10
74
80
--
--
154
CUT
Billy HorschelB. Horschel
11
76
79
--
--
155
CUT
Ian WoosnamI. Woosnam
11
79
76
--
--
155
CUT
Mike WeirM. Weir
11
76
79
--
--
155
CUT
Larry MizeL. Mize
12
76
80
--
--
156
CUT
Angel CabreraA. Cabrera
15
76
83
--
--
159
CUT
Yuxin LinY. Lin (a)
15
79
80
--
--
159
CUT
Mark O'MearaM. O'Meara
15
78
81
--
--
159
CUT
Sergio GarciaS. Garcia
15
81
78
--
--
159
CUT
Matt ParzialeM. Parziale (a)
16
81
79
--
--
160
CUT
Harry EllisH. Ellis (a)
22
86
80
--
--
166



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