Patrick Reed celebrates after winning the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Patrick Reed claimed his maiden Major Championship title after holding off the charges of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to win the Masters Tournament, becoming the third consecutive European Tour Member to slip on the Green Jacket.

The final day was billed as a potential classic, especially as Reed teed off alongside Grand Slam-chasing Rory McIlroy in the final group. Although the Northern Irishman’s chances ended in disappointment, Augusta National still sprung up the usual drama associated with the first Major of the season.

The 2015 Masters Champion Spieth was the first to test the nerve of the overnight leader Reed, threatening the course record with a remarkable streak of nine birdies in the opening 16 holes, including four in five from the 12th.

An unfortunate break on the final hole though, where his drive clipped the trees mid-air and dropped just short of 180 yards from the tee in the rough, spoiled his chances as a bogey five meant he had to settle for an eight under 64 and a 13 under total.

Next up was another Texan, Fowler, who birdied the last to post a 14 under total after a five under 67, but Reed stayed resilient the whole way through and a two-putt par at the last for a one under 71 was enough to clinch a one-stroke triumph on 15 under par.

The 27 year old’s victory means that for the first time in Masters history, three successive winners of the event have been full members of the European Tour – following Sergio Garcia in 2017 and Danny Willett in 2016.

“I knew it was going to be tough. Any time trying to close off a golf tournament is really hard, but to close off your first Major and to do it at a place that is so close to me,” Reed said.

“I knew that the lead was going to shrink at some times, I knew the lead could grow, it’s just the flows of golf. You just have to know how to handle it and the only way I felt like I could get that done was to make sure the putter was working.

“It was tough out there but to be able to make that putt on 14 and then to make the two-putt on 17, it just gave me that momentum going to 18 which in the past has given me so many issues.

“It’s almost impossible to put into words. Just to make the par on the last and watch the ball go in the hole and know that I’ve won my first Major. One of my huge goals this year was to not only contend in Majors but also get back in that winning circle. To do it in the first Major and finish off that drought, it just meant so much to me.”

For Rickie Fowler the runner-up finish was a step in the right direction.

“It was a great week to get ourselves in the mix and to have a strong weekend, unlike last week. I feel like we got the boxes checked that we wanted to last week in Houston coming into here at Augusta, and I was ready to go win. Unfortunately I was one shot short, but we were able to keep P‑Reed honest out there, at least making him earn it.

“I mean, solo second feels and sounds better than tied for second, so it was nice to edge out Jordan on the last.

“Obviously I’m happy for him. We’ve played a lot of junior golf together and we’ve been on some great teams together, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Sure, it would have been a lot more fun to beat him, but I’m happy with what we did here. Like I said, a step in the right direction.

“We haven’t been having the best weekends as of late, so to put ourselves in contention and to put together a nice weekend of 65-67, especially here, I’m happy about that.”

 

For Rory McIlroy, the top-5 finish reflected a missed opportunity at a career grand slam, but the Northern Irishman stated he will be back.

“I played probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played here this week, it just wasn’t meant to be. Of course it’s frustrating and it’s hard to take any positives from it right now but at least I put myself in a position, that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

“For the last four years I’ve had top tens but I haven’t been close enough to the lead. Today I got myself there, I didn’t quite do enough but I’ll still come back next year and try again.

“I think 100% I can come back and win here. I’ve played in two final groups in the last seven years, I’ve had five top tens, I play this golf course well. I just haven’t played it well enough at the right times.

 

Results:

273 P Reed (USA) 69 66 67 71,
274 R Fowler (USA) 70 72 65 67,
275 J Spieth (USA) 66 74 71 64,
277 J Rahm (Esp) 75 68 65 69,
279 R McIlroy (Nir) 69 71 65 74, H Stenson (Swe) 69 70 70 70, B Watson (USA) 73 69 68 69, C Smith (Aus) 71 72 70 66,
280 M Leishman (Aus) 70 67 73 70,
281 D Johnson (USA) 73 68 71 69, T Finau (USA) 68 74 73 66,
282 J Rose (Eng) 72 70 71 69, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 71 71 69, C Hoffman (USA) 69 73 73 67,
283 R Henley (USA) 73 72 71 67, P Casey (Eng) 74 75 69 65,
284 T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 72 66 74, J Thomas (USA) 74 67 70 73,
285 H Matsuyama (Jpn) 73 71 72 69,
286 W Simpson (USA) 76 73 70 67, F Molinari (Ita) 72 74 70 70, J Day (Aus) 75 71 69 71, J Walker (USA) 73 71 71 71,
287 A Hadwin (Can) 69 75 72 71, B Grace (RSA) 73 73 74 67, S Kim (Kor) 75 73 68 71, B Wiesberger (Aut) 70 73 72 72,
288 R Moore (USA) 74 72 72 70, S Kodaira (Jpn) 71 74 71 72, M Kuchar (USA) 68 75 72 73, K Kisner (USA) 72 75 69 72,
289 A Scott (Aus) 75 73 70 71, D Berger (USA) 73 74 71 71, H Li (Chn) 69 76 72 72, T Woods (USA) 73 75 72 69,
290 Z Johnson (USA) 70 74 74 72, P Mickelson (USA) 70 79 74 67,
291 F Couples (USA) 72 74 73 72, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 69 76 74 72, J Vegas (Ven) 77 69 72 73, B Dechambeau (USA) 74 74 72 71, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 75 74 67 75, B Langer (Ger) 74 74 71 72,
292 B Harman (USA) 73 74 76 69, T Hatton (Eng) 74 75 73 70, I Poulter (Eng) 74 75 74 69, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 79 70 72 71,
294 M Kaymer (Ger) 74 73 74 73,
295 V Singh (Fij) 71 74 79 71,
296 X Schauffele (USA) 71 78 72 75, D Ghim (am) (USA) 72 76 74 74,
297 K Stanley (USA) 72 74 75 76,
298 C Reavie (USA) 76 71 75 76,

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