Patrick Reed Wins The 2018 Masters
Patrick Reed put together a very impressive and solid final round to win the Masters and grab his first major title win, beating Rickie Fowler by one shot to claim the infamous Green Jacket.
Going into the first major of the golfing year all the focus was on Tiger Woods, back on form and back in the hunt for major honours for the first time in a long time.
However by the end of the weekend it was the new generation of American golfers who were taking the headlines.
Patrick Reed's five under on Saturday meant he started the final round at Augusta in the lead with Rory McIlroy three shots back.
Reed and McIlroy were the final pair and reigniting the rivalry from their match at the final day of the Ryder Cup in 2016. Despite winning that day the questions over Reed was whether he could handle the pressure of winning a major.
However it was the 27 year old who dealt with it better than his Northern Irish opponent with McIlroy starting strong but falling back.
Instead it was Spieth who put all the pressure on Reed. The 24 year old had already won once at Augusta National in 2015 and would have won in 2016 if it weren't for a final round collapse.
He started the day nine shots back with no one talking about him having the chance of adding a second green jacket to his collection.
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However the three time major winner, who only needs the PGA Championship to collect his own grand slam, put together an incredible round.
He was five under through the front nine and incredible approach play, mixed with solid and sometime spectacular putting meant that by the time he birdied the 16th he was level with Reed on 14 under.
However Reed's own birdie at 14 put him back ahead and Spieth finally dropped a shot at 18, his first of the round, to hand the initiative back to his fellow countryman.
Rickie Fowler also put pressure on Reed late on and his -5, including a birdie at the last, put him within one of Reed and one shot ahead of Spieth as the clubhouse leader, waiting for his Ryder Cup teammate to play the last.
Spaniard Jon Rahm gave his best showing at the Masters and finished two shots further back from Spieth as the leading European.
McIlroy was the only man in the leading pack to finish over for the final round and finished on -9 having started three shots behind Reed on Sunday.
Reed's best previous finish at Augusta had been tied 22nd in 2015.
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