7. REED SCORES GREEN JACKET
Date: Apr. 8, 2018
Event: Masters Tournament
Where: Augusta National GC (Augusta, GA)
Winner: Patrick Reed -15 | Runner-up: Rickie Fowler -14
Recap: A sizzling 69-66-67 start gave Reed a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday, but with it being his first time holding a a 54-hole lead in a major, that advantage was not safe, regardless of how few players were perceived as truly still being in the mix.
A wayward tee shot on No. 1 led to a quick bogey, and after a par on the par-5 second hole, coupled with a birdie by Rory McIlroy, Reed’s three-stroke lead had been cut to one.
But Reed was able to bounce back after each blemish as bogeys on Nos. 1, 6 were offset by birdies on 3, 7, allowing him to turn at even par 36.
As Reed was gutting out each hole, some of his competition exploded into the picture – most notably, Jordan Spieth.
Nine strokes back to begin the final round, Spieth grabbed a share of the lead at 14 under after making birdies on 12, 13, 15, and 16. A clutch birdie by Reed on No. 14 moved him into the red for the first time all day, and back into the lead.
Spieth’s rally came up short when he bogeyed 18, but some late stellar play from Fowler kept the pressure on Reed. With Fowler in the clubhouse at 14 under, Reed needed a par on the final hole to win the Green Jacket.
A clutch drive and solid approach later, Reed had two putts for par from 20 feet to avoid a playoff. His second rattled in for par, and Reed was crowned the newest Master Champion.
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