Patrick Reed claimed his first major championship yesterday, with a superb final round display at Augusta Nation to win the 2018 Masters. Reed held off late challenges from fellow Americans Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to take the prestigious green jacket, ending the day with a one-under score of 71 and an impressive overall score of -15.
It’s been a fantastic few days for Patrick Reed. Having carded 69, 66, and 67 over his first three rounds, the 27-year-old found himself the runaway leader at yesterday’s Masters final round, holding a three shot advantage over playing partner Rory McIlroy. It was thought that the ensuing battle between Reed and McIlroy would decide the championship; however, it didn’t quite go to plan – for Rory at least.
Reed managed to hold his nerve over a rocky back nine, and as McIlroy dropped off the pace, both Jordan Spieth (-13) and Rickie Fowler (-14) emerged as potential contenders. They just needed Reed to make a mistake, and when the burley Texan rolled his 25ft putt beyond the cup at the 18th, it looked as though a sudden-death playoff could be on the cards. Reed managed to settle himself down however, sinking a simple three footer for par to win the championship.
Reed said of his victory: “I knew the golf course a little better [this year],”
“I had a little more experience around the course this year coming in.
“Really, my mindset going in was stick to my game-plan, play golf, and, you know, I stuck to my game-plan all week. Even today, I didn’t stray from it at all throughout the entire day.
“You know, it’s something that I needed to learn, especially at a place like this, how important it is to stick to what I believe and how I feel like I need to play the golf course. You know, with it, it gave me the reward of winning my first Green Jacket.”
Reed’s victory means that each of the last four Masters champions have been first time winners (following Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett, and Sergio Garcia). In fact, 10 of the last 12 champions have been first time winners, with only Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson claiming the green jacket as returning champions.