Patrick Reed wins the Masters: American holds off Rickie Fowler charge to clinch his first Major

THE MAN they name Captain America due to his Ryder Cup exploits can now name himself Major Champion, after Patrick Reed proved a worthy Masters winner.

Reed held off all challengers on one other coronary heart-stopping last day at Augusta, with Rickie Fowler’s remaining gap birdie making certain the end result was unsure till the final putt dropped.

 Patrick Reed is the Masters champion for 2018

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Patrick Reed is the Masters champion for 2018

Texan terror Reed, 27, stored his nerve to clinch the par he wanted for a one shot victor with the exceptional Jordan Spieth making it an American 1-2-three after an exciting last spherical charge virtually introduced him a share of the course document.

Solely a last gap bogey prevented Spieth from turning into simply the third man to shoot sixty three at Augusta.

Fowler performed that gap in textbook type, with a 299 yards uphill drive adopted by an iron shot from 151 yards that stopped seven ft under the flag.

Reed, who had to gap a nerve-jangling 5 footer on 17 to maintain his lead, should have heard the roar. And he left himself a 4-footer similar distance for victory after his strategy completed 25 ft above the flag on 18.

 Patrick Reed saw off a surging Rickie Fowler to win the green jacket

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Patrick Reed noticed off a surging Rickie Fowler to win the inexperienced jacket
 Patrick Reed hugs wife Justine after winning the Masters

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 Rickie Fowler finished one shot shy of Patrick Reed

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Rickie Fowler completed one shot shy of Patrick Reed

Solely a last gap bogey prevented Spieth from turning into simply the third man to shoot sixty three at Augusta.

Fowler performed that gap in textbook fashion, with a 299 yards uphill drive adopted by an iron shot from 151 yards that stopped seven ft under the flag.

Reed, who had to gap a nerve-jangling 5 footer on 17 to maintain his lead, should have heard the roar. And he left himself a 4-footer similar distance for victory after his strategy completed 25 ft above the flag on 18.

However he sucked it up, and gained, earlier than a double fist pump and a pat on the shoulder from dejected enjoying companion Rory McIlroy.

 Patrick Reed celebrates winning the Masters

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Patrick Reed celebrates profitable the Masters
 Patrick Reed was amazing in the Ryder Cup and now he has a Major to his name too

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Patrick Reed was superb in the Ryder Cup and now he has a Major to his identify too

Reed has all the time given the impression he simply loves a scrap, and after ending second in the final Major of 2017 – the USPGA – he deserved to go one higher right here, and pull on the coveted inexperienced jacket.

Oh sure, and the Grand Slam goes to have to wait for an additional yr, after McIlroy ran out of steam with golf’s biggest prize there for the taking.

As anticipated, fifty four gap chief Reed hit a little bit of a wall – 4 rounds in the 60s has proved past the biggest gamers ever to race the Augusta lawns, and it might have been an enormous shock if the Texan had develop into the first to handle it.

He didn’t. He shot a seventy one to end on 15 underneath. And that left him weak, regardless that he took a 3 shot lead into the last spherical, on 14 beneath par.

Spieth and a number of gamers decrease down the leaderboard confirmed there was a low spherical ready to be shot.

And if McIlroy had proven something approaching the brilliance that introduced him a seven beneath par sixty five simply 24 hours earlier he would certainly have turn out to be solely the sixth participant to seize all 4 Major titles.

However he discovered it much more of a wrestle than the man enjoying alongside him in the last group.

But it might all have been so totally different, particularly if McIlroy had transformed a 4 footer for eagle on the second gap, which might have given him a share of the lead at thirteen beneath par.

He had simply made a miraculous par save on the opening gap – after hitting his drive thus far proper he thought it was heading out of bounds – whereas Reed bogeyed after a careless bunker shot.

The chief might solely handle par at the lengthy second, and an eagle there would have allowed McIlroy to look him squarely in the eye and say: ‘Come on, let’s do that’, simply as they did of their unforgettable Ryder Cup battle two years in the past.’

 Jordan Spieth made a blistering charge only to fall short

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Jordan Spieth made a blistering charge solely to fall brief
 Rory McIlroy suffered more heartbreak on a Sunday at Augusta

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Rory McIlroy suffered extra heartbreak on a Sunday at Augusta

However it appeared as if McIlroy’s self-perception – and his probability of victory slipped away together with that brief put.

Despite the fact that the 4-time Major winner’s birdie reduce the lead to only one, Reed walked to the third tee feeling like he had dodged a bullet.

And when he made birdie to McIlroy’s first bogey in 32 holes, he was three clear once more. From that second, the hazard lay elsewhere.

McIlroy, 28, bounced again with a birdie on the troublesome fourth, gave it again on the fifth, and when he made an entire Horlicks of the lengthy eighth – stumbling to a bogey six – his race was successfully run.

His physique language modified utterly – from the jaunty strut of a day earlier to a resigned, shoulder stoop.

With his putter letting him down after proving his saviour so typically over the first three days, one other shot went down the plughole on eleven.

McIlroy had made simply 4 bogeys in the first three rounds right here. He ended up making 5 in his ultimate spherical and that’s by no means going to get the job carried out.

A share of was McIlroy’s fifth prime ten end in a row in the solely Major to elude him, so he clearly is aware of how to play the course nicely. However simply not properly sufficient, to date anyway.

Spieth, who has now added a 3rd to and two runner-up finishes to his 2015 Masters victory was in a seemingly hopeless place at the begin of the day, 9 photographs behind his common Ryder Cup associate.

He gave Reed a scare, and Fowler very almost frightened him to dying. However he’s nonetheless alive and respiration, fortunately sporting a natty new piece of inexperienced clothes.

THE MAN they name Captain America due to his Ryder Cup exploits can now name himself Major Champion, after Patrick Reed proved a worthy Masters winner.

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