Patrick Reed won the Masters with a final-round 71, holding off late Sunday charges from fellow young gun compatriots Jordan Spieth (64) and Rickie Fowler (67).
Still only 27-years-old, the win was the mercurial Texan’s sixth as a professional, and first major.
“Captain America” (6/1) now sits alongside Rory McIlroy (14/4), Jordan Spieth (11/3), and Justin Thomas (8/1) as major winners who are under the age of 30 with at least five PGA Tour wins. In fact, before his Green Jacket victory, Reed was one of only five players under 30 with at least five Tour wins: the aforementioned superstar trio of Rory, Spieth and JT, along with Hideki Matsuyama (5/0).
On a related narrative, with Reed’s victory, all four of the major titles are now held by Americans, under the age of 30: Reed (27, Masters), Brooks Koepka (28, U.S. Open), Spieth (24, Open Championship), and Thomas (24, PGA Championship).
It’s a modern-day first, according to the Golf Channel’s stat guru, Justin Ray.
It’s the first time in the modern era that there have been four consecutive majors won by four different players age 27 or younger. https://t.co/bb9vbL9Aaj
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 9, 2018
Bring on the Ryder Cup!