Patrick Reed Wins the Masters

  • Patrick Reed Wins the Masters

Patrick Reed Wins the Masters

American Patrick Reed has won the 2018 Masters by one stroke after he shot a final-round 71 to finish at -15 overall.

But Spieth, a two-time Australian Open victor, dropped a shot on his final hole and Reed showed no nerves of a man on the brink of his first major to cling to a one-shot win over the fast-finishing Rickie Fowler, with fellow Texan Spieth a stroke further back in third. Australian Marc Leishman shot a two-under 70 to finish alone in ninth at 8-under, while world No. 1 Dustin Johnson (69) finished in a tie for tenth with Tony Finau (66) at 7-under.

A hometown favorite, Reed, who has emerged as a Ryder Cup hero for his fiery play, won two national titles at Augusta State.

Never flustered by Spieth and Fowler's pressure and the crowd roars their birdies caused, Reed made crucial birdies on 12 and 14 and converted that testy two-putt par on 18 to secure the green jacket. They have two children together.

But Reed never lost at least a share of the lead and made birdie on the 12th from 22 feet - the first time he has birdied the devilish par-3 hole tucked into a corner of the Georgia pines.

Reed appeared to hit the tree on his backswing but also ended up in the same bunker as McIlroy, only to thin his third shot to the back of the green.

Armed with a three-stroke lead after 54 holes, Reed got off to a shaky start that included an opening bogey and a middling par on the second hole.

Then fortune shined on him when his approach to the par-5 13th from 186 yards stayed on the bank fronting the green instead of rolling into Rae's Creek.

Spieth finished a further shot back after closing with a stunning eight-under 64. With a tap-in birdie at the par-5 13th, Spieth whittled another stroke off Reed's lead. Rickie Fowler birdied the last hole to leave him no room for error.

Also at one-over was 14-time major victor Tiger Woods, whose 69 closed a disappointing Masters effort after fever pitch levels of hype coming into his first competitive trip to Augusta in three years.

But a final hole bogey after a terrible tee shot blunted his challenge and left Fowler to take up the mantle with four birdies in his last six holes, coming up just short in his bid for an elusive first major.

Woods said he's driving the ball as well as he has this year but had little control of his iron play.

"Obviously I'm gutted with the finish". Can't control the shape. "And it was one of those weeks in that regard".

Three-time Masters victor Phil Mickelson, one of the pre-tournament favorites, wrapped up one of his most disappointing appearances in the Masters with his best round of the week, a 67, to finish at 2 over.

"I knew it was going to be tough", Reed said.