Patrick Reed wins Masters for first major title

Patrick Reedreacts to an eagle on the 15th

His look is awkward - ill-fitting trousers, an upside-down pin on his hat, a magenta shirt that will never catch on.

Reed has also been estranged from his parents and younger sister for several years.

"When the patrons cheered demonstrably louder for Rory McIlroy on the first tee, Reed played on". Just be you. Play golf.

Patrick Reed fought off furious back-nine challenges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to record a one-shot victory at the U.S. Masters on Sunday, trading in his "Captain America" cap for a Green Jacket. It put Spieth at 9-under for the round with two holes to play. He almost tied the best round in The Masters history, but finished one stroke back at 64.

As well it should, after Reed handled not only the golf course but the suffocating pressure of a Sunday at the Masters to win his first major.

McIlroy, meanwhile, will have to wait another year for a shot at the career Grand Slam after his disappointing round.

Speaking during the presentation ceremony in the Butler Cabin, Reed said: "It's nearly impossible to put it into words, just to make the putt on the last and know that I have won my first major and ending the drought of not winning previous year".

Reed was due. Overdue, actually.

Comparing himself to idol Tiger Woods and other "legends of the game" four years ago rubbed many the wrong way, especially since he had never played in a major tournament. He has always been a cantankerous type, and he was kicked off the team at one college (Georgia) only to lead another (Augusta State, right here in town) to two national championships.




Of course, golf often works in reverse.

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"To have to two-putt the last hole to win my first major, it definitely felt right, " Reed said. "Today was the hardest mentally a round of golf could possibly be". You could see he was trying to go ahead and release the putter, but when you lose that much confidence early in the round, it's even more hard particularly on Augusta's greens.

American Charley Hoffman aced the par-3 16th with a 6-iron, the 20th time the hole has surrendered a hole-in-one. McIlroy, by contrast, has four majors - and therefore was more accustomed to what Sunday would bring.

"At that point it seemed like the pressure was kind of lifted", he said. My family and I believe. Down nine shots on the first tee, Spieth binged on birdies. He hit only eight greens in regulation, and a day after he needed 23 putts, McIlroy took 30 on Sunday. Reed was about to putt for par on the 15th at the time.

McIlroy, 28, said his latest Augusta flop will not stop him becoming the sixth golfer to complete the Grand Slam. "He's like, 'No, we have the lead".

"Generally after this tournament, I put away the clubs for a while, " Woods said, as quoted on ESPN. It doesn't matter. It all comes down to us. "We made P. Reed earn it".

After racing to the turn in 31, a birdie on the 12th - where he took seven in the final round in 2016 - was followed by another on the 13th after a stunning approach from the pine straw set up an eagle chance from 12 feet.

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