Reed holds off sensational Spieth and surging Fowler to win dramatic Masters

Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits off the second tee during final round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament in Augusta

The first two rounds will be played at another course in Augusta, Champions Retreat.

Hadwin finished the four-round event at one-under par, tied with fellow golfers Branden Grace, Si Woo Kim and Bernd Wiesberger. It also seems unlikely that Nike would put all its golfers in red shirts on Sunday when that has always been Woods' signature look.

And by the way?

Golf television ratings are trending upwards, so are equipment and ball sales since Woods' return, while the Masters featured a buzz of excitement missing in recent years.

Grand Slam-seeking Rory McIlroy who posted a final round of +2, for a 74, and a total score of 279, found himself 6 shots behind the victor, in a tie for fifth place.

But ultimately it was Reed's day at Augusta as the 27-year-old claimed a richly deserved victory to join the pantheon of golfing greats to win a green jacket.

The four-time Masters champion somewhat returned to form at Augusta National.

That's the view of three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, who was salivating at the thought of joining Reed and the rest of America's best in the 42nd Ryder Cup matches against Europe at Le Golf National outside Paris. McIlroy is trying to complete the career Grand Slam.

"It was awesome and satisfying to make those clutch putts on the back nine".

Reed sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-4 14th to regain a one-stroke lead and parred to the clubhouse to win. Struggling to catch her breath, tears streaming down her cheeks, Jeannette said, "I can't believe my son is the Masters champion". "I usually take three to four weeks off, through my entire career, and usually the clubs are put in the closet, and I just kind of get away for a while".

Spieth had done that.




BBC Radio 5 live commentator John Murray pointed out that there were groans around the 15th green and 16th tee when Spieth's bogey at the last was registered on one of the on-course leaderboards. If anything, it made the course softer and more playable as three golfers, Rory McIlroy, Ricky Fowler and Jon Rahm, each shot 65s, the lowest scores in this year's tournament. Instead, I got this putt that you've got to hit sideways.

Oh yeah. Reed had taken it all on.

"You know that once you're successful, there's going to be good things and bad things that people say and, honestly, to me it doesn't really matter". These yeah I mean not even close tiger ministries at one over and over par he had and Patrick reed won at fifteen under.

Reed says "that's another thing that just kind of played into my hand. Best (event) in all of our sport". It was sports at its best.

"It was never going to be pretty with Patrick Reed, the golfer who collected more enemies than most on his stormy rise from boyhood prodigy to college bad boy to self-promoting PGA Tour victor to master of the Masters". Now he had proved it to the whole world.

It's a messy, convoluted story that has few answers and no resolution. Mostly, though, it was the putter that let him down as he missed five putts within 10 feet.

Spieth is just incredible. Fowler doesn't turn 30 until December.

Patrick Reed holds the championship trophy after winning the Masters golf tournament.

Tiger Woods will be disappointed with his result after finishing 32nd despite getting a stunning eagle for one of the holes.

It detailed Reed's estrangement from his parents and younger sister, while also resurfacing allegations of cheating made by colleague teammate's in Shane Ryan's book "Slaying the Tiger". It is great that Phil Mickelson can still win tournaments, the way he did earlier this year in Mexico. And they still didn't win.

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