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Patrick Reed wins the 2018 Masters

Last updated: April 9, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Patrick Reed showed immense mental strength to fight off the challenge of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to win the Masters by one shot at Augusta and claim his first major title. In winning the Masters, Reed becomes the ninth first-time winner in the last twelve Masters tournaments.

World number 24, Patrick Reed, defied the odds and a hostile crowd to claim his first major honour as a professional. The 28-year old had held the lead since the second round but had to maintain focus to resist a large surge from fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

Patrick Reed on the green

Post victory, a confident Reed said the Masters triumph was a reward for maintaining his self-belief as he fought off Rickie Fowler to claim his first ever Major victory in golf by one shot. He had a three-shot advantage going into the final round and was in the lead for the entire day. A final round score of 71 meant the result was closer than his previous round scores of 69, 66 and 67 would have suggested.

The occasion may have started to get the better of Reed in the final round as he appeared rather nervous while taking his tee shot alongside Mcllroy in the final pairing but ultimately his previous rounds had given him enough breathing space to see out the tournament.

The final leader board had Reed with (-15) followed closely by Fowler (-14) and third place was Spieth (-13).

The top three positions were dominated by American players with only Rory Mcllory who tied for fifth representing the UK in the top 10 of the leader board.

Rory Mcllory from North Ireland was close going into the final day of play, just three shots behind leader Reed. With McIlroy being the most experienced at this stage, having been the world number one for an outstanding 95 weeks, the 28-year-old was expected to put more pressure on Reed on the last day of play but Rory faded badly and ended with a round of 74 (+2).

This would have been disappointing for Mcllory as the Green Jacket in this tournament would have completed the Grand Slam of major titles. Rory will have to put it down to being just one of those tournaments, no doubt he will be confident of performing better at the US Open, a competition he has won before in 2011.

The fact that this competition has seen so many first-time winners and many of them being under 30 years old shows the fierce competition and openness of the sport. Jordan Spieth is just 24 and already a three-time major winner and many are predicting that 28-year old Rickie Fowler’s second-place finish at the Masters will be improved upon at the US Open. One player who was supposed to be a headliner but ended up a footnote was Tiger Woods.

Rickie Fowler after taking a shot

No roar from the Tiger

Tiger is regarded the best player of his generation and the Masters was touted by many as being the tournament that would see the ‘old tiger’ back. Indeed, many bookies had the 42-year-old veteran as second favourite for the tournament.

Unfortunately, the 14-time major winner only showed occasional glimpses of his sublime skill and he ended up as +1 for the tournament, narrowly missing out on a top 30 position. Fans will however be encouraged by his strong finish on the final day but it seems unlikely that Woods will ever be able to dominate like he used to.