There is no doubting US golfer Patrick Reed is having a good year. He has had four top ten finishes, including second place at the Valspar Championship and seventh at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And now he has the Masters title, his first major.
The six foot Texan led into the final day, and he still led at the end – while beneath him the next echelon chopped and changed, challenged and fell away.
Reed’s steady 71 final round took him to 15 under, and the title.
Since leaving college just up the road from Augusta and turning pro (in 2011), he has taken six PGA Tour titles in his relatively short career.
Rickie Fowler finished in second place at 14 under, while previous winner and current Open champion Jordan Spieth was third. He was the biggest mover of the day, ripping through the field and on course for a record nine under – until he boggied at the last to finish with a nine-birdie 64.
Rory McLlroy, who had started the day with Reed in the final paring, and with high hopes, had a disappointing round. He shot two over to finish nine under, tied for fifth place.
Of the English contingent, Justin Rose was not far behind, finishing six under, while Paul Casey finished five under and Tommy Fleetwood four under.
Ian Poulter whose win the week before earned him a last minute entry, hit seven birdies in his final round of 69 – not enough to retrieve previous misses – and finished four over for the tournament.
Others hoping to build on comeback successes this year were Tiger Woods, who finished one over for the tournament, and Phil Mickelson, two over.
‘I played probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played here – it just wasn’t meant to be’, said McIlroy after the event. After a blistering round on Saturday he had been hoping to add the Masters to his four other majors, joining the elite few who have completed the ‘grand slam’.
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