Patrick Reed Wins The Masters
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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The tepid applause that greeted Patrick Reed on the first tee made it clear he wasn't the people's choice.
All he cared about was being the Masters champion.
He turned back an early move by Rory McIlroy and a late charge by Rickie Fowler. Most daunting in the middle of the final round Sunday was a familiar name at Augusta National -- Jordan Spieth -- on the verge of the greatest comeback in Masters history.
Reed had the game and the grit to beat them all. And when he slipped on that green jacket, he had everyone's respect.
I knew it was going to be a dogfight," Reed said. "It's just a way of God basically saying, 'Let's see if you have it.' Everyone knows you have it physically with the talent. But do you have it mentally? Can you handle the ups and downs throughout the round?"
He has proved that playing for his country. He did it Sunday for himself.
The final test was a 25-foot putt down the scary slope on the 18th green, and Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop as it rolled 3 feet by the hole. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victor.
Reed made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 12, and his biggest birdie was a 9-iron to 8 feet on the 14th that broke the tie with Spieth. He made all pars from there. That was all he needed.
He became the fourth straight Masters champion to capture his first major.
Reed once claimed after winning a World Golf Championship at Doral that he was a top-5 player in the world, which subjected him to ridicule because it was only his third career title.
His first major moves him to No. 11. It also comes with a green jacket, which is worth far more notoriety, not to mention respect.