Masters 2018: Patrick Reed wins at Augusta for first main title
|Masters closing leaderboard|
|-15 P Reed (US); -14 R Fowler (US); -13 J Spieth (US); -11 J Rahm (Sp); -9 C Smith (Aus), B Watson (US), H Stenson (Swe), R McIlroy (NI); -8 M Leishman (Aus); -7 T Finau (US), D Johnson (US); -6 C Hoffman (US), J Rose (Eng), L Oosthuizen (SA)|
|Chosen others: -5 P Casey (Eng); -4 T Fleetwood (Eng), J Thomas (US); +1 T Woods(US); +2 P Mickelson (US); +3 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); +4 T Hatton (Eng), I Poulter (Eng)|
Patrick Reed held off fellow Individuals Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to assert his first main title with a one-shot win on the Masters at Augusta.
The world quantity 24, who had been forward because the second spherical, led Rory McIlroy by three pictures in a single day.
McIlroy, chasing his first Inexperienced Jacket to finish the Grand Slam, pale with a two-over 74, whereas Reed parred the final to shoot 71 and win on 15 below.
Fowler (67) ended second, one forward of Spieth, who had 9 birdies in a 64.
Reed, 27, mentioned: “I knew it was going to be robust.
“Any time making an attempt to shut off a golf event is actually arduous however to shut off my first main at a spot that is so near me, being the place I went to varsity, means a lot.
“I knew the lead would shrink and develop – it is simply the flows of golf, you must know how you can deal with it and the way in which I may get that achieved was to ensure the putter was working.
“Simply to make par on the final and to look at the ball go within the gap and know that I’ve gained my first main – to complete off that drought – meant a lot to me.”
Reed relentless as McIlroy fades
The scene was set for a basic duel between the ultimate pair, Reed and McIlroy, with expectations for a repeat of their epic match on the 2016 Ryder Cup, which the American shaded by one gap.
However the 28-year-old Northern Irishman, who surged into rivalry with a bogey-free 65 on Saturday, reduce a disconsolate determine and he was the one one of many high 16 to return an over-par closing spherical.
“I performed most likely a few of the greatest golf I’ve ever performed right here – it simply wasn’t meant to be,” mentioned McIlroy, who has gained 4 majors, the final of them the 2014 PGA Championship.
“I feel 100% I can come again and win right here. I’ve performed in two closing teams within the final seven years, I’ve had 5 top-10s, I play this golf course effectively. I simply have not performed it effectively sufficient on the proper instances.”
Though it was not the collapse of 2011 when he squandered a four-shot lead with a closing spherical of 80, McIlroy was unable to supply his glowing greatest and made just one birdie within the closing 14 holes.
Reed is the ninth first-time main winner previously 12 Masters and all 4 main championships are actually held by Individuals – all of whom are aged 27 or below.
Each Reed and McIlroy hit errant drives on the opening gap however, whereas Reed dropped a shot, McIlroy saved his par.
They may have been degree on the second when McIlroy hit an impressive second to 4 ft on the par 5 and Reed discovered the bunker.
However McIlroy missed his eagle probability after which missed the inexperienced on the third to drop a shot, whereas Reed rattled in a putt from the fringes of the inexperienced for a birdie to regain his three-shot benefit.
One other imperious iron shot from McIlroy to a few ft arrange a birdie on the par three fourth however he missed one other quick putt on the subsequent to fall three pictures again once more.
Twice Reed adopted bogeys with birdies as he combated the problem of the world quantity seven.
Spieth and Fowler cost into rivalry
Nevertheless, there have been challenges coming from additional down the leaderboard.
Spieth, who started 9 pictures behind Reed, had 5 birdies in his opening 9 holes and claimed sole possession of second place on 11 below when he holed from off the inexperienced on the 12th.
The Texan nearly adopted it with an eagle on the par-five 13th after an excellent iron to 12 ft from the pine straw however his putt stayed proper and he tapped in for birdie.
Reed moved two clear once more when he rolled in a 22-foot birdie putt from the again of the 12th inexperienced however Spieth was quickly tied on the high, with birdies on the 15th and 16th – the latter a 33-foot putt.
Nevertheless, Reed regained the lead with a birdie from eight ft on the 14th.
The roar that greeted Spieth’s putt on 16 compared to Reed’s on 14 gave a transparent indication of who the Augusta Nationwide patrons needed to win.
Actually, proper from the primary tee, the followers gave the impression to be siding extra with McIlroy than Reed and as soon as they realised the Northern Irishman was fading, they cheered each change to the leaderboard that favoured Spieth, or certainly Fowler, over the person who went to school in Georgia.
BBC Radio 5 reside commentator John Murray identified that there have been groans across the 15th inexperienced and 16th tee when Spieth’s bogey on the final was registered on one of many on-course leaderboards. Reed was about to putt for par on the 15th on the time.
And when Reed walked on to the 18th inexperienced the BBC’s Iain Carter famous the reception was “respectful” slightly than the “whooping and hollering” usually reserved for a champion in ready.
Spieth had wanted a par on the final to equal the course report however his closing drive clipped a tree and went solely 177 yards, leaving him 267 to the inexperienced, which took him one other two pictures.
He then missed an eight-foot par putt to set the clubhouse goal at 13 below.
Fowler, enjoying within the penultimate group and like Reed looking for a primary main, got here closest to usurping his compatriot, with six birdies in his closing 11 holes.
Whereas the gang had been captivated by the thrilling cost from Spieth, the marginally constructed 29-year-old Fowler, who was 5 off the lead going into the ultimate spherical, quietly moved up the leaderboard.
Birdies on the 12th, 13th and 15th holes pushed him to 13 below.
The world quantity 9, who added second place on the Masters to runner-up finishes on the US Open and The Open, despatched his strategy to seven ft for a birdie on the final to set the clubhouse goal, however Reed, who performed the ultimate seven holes in two below, calmly negotiated the 18th to take the coveted Inexperienced Jacket.
Rose leads English problem
Justin Rose conceded he had “an almost week” after ending because the main Englishman, making six birdies in a closing spherical 69 to tie for 12th.
He instructed BBC Sport: “I bought some momentum going and noticed some indicators I used to be going to make some putts however at Augusta should you’re one or two yards out you go from hero to zero.
“I discover it superb that the winner usually comes out of the final group as a result of I feel it is a golf course the place an enormous comeback is feasible.”
Paul Casey was additionally in sight of the Augusta Nationwide course report of 63, collectively held by Nick Worth (1986) and Greg Norman (1996).
The 40-year-old, who gained the Valspar Championship final month, was 5 over after two rounds to make the reduce on the quantity.
He performed his first 15 holes in 9 below and wanted yet one more birdie within the closing three for the report, however he bogeyed the final two for a 65 and completed in a share of 15th on 5 below.
Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed two of the ultimate 4 holes for a 74 and completed joint 17th with PGA champion and world quantity two Justin Thomas on 4 below.
Matt Fitzpatrick had two double bogeys in a 75 and share of 38th at three over.
Ian Poulter, who gained final week in Houston to earn his place at Augusta, had seven birdies in a closing 69 and completed 4 over alongside Tyrrell Hatton, who had six birdies in his 70 to compensate for a double bogey on the 15th.
Tony Finau, who dislocated an ankle in exuberant celebration of a hole-in-one in Wednesday’s par-three competitors, rolled in six consecutive birdies from the 12th to complete at seven below.
The solitary hole-in-one in the principle occasion got here from fellow American Charley Hoffman, who made the 20th ace on the 16th in Masters historical past and he resulted in a tie for 12th.
4-time champion Tiger Woods, who gained the final of his 14 main titles 10 years in the past, accomplished his first 4 rounds at a serious because the 2015 Masters with an eagle on the 15th in a spherical of 69 for a share of 32nd on one over par.
World quantity 18 Phil Mickelson, thrice a Masters champion, additionally eagled the 15th, having made an eagle on the eighth on Saturday, and completed a fluctuating week with a 67 and a two over complete for a share of 36th.
There have been a complete of 19 sub-70 rounds on the ultimate day, however Reed’s 71 ensured that no participant has but compiled per week of 4 rounds within the 60’s within the historical past of the Masters.