David Duval rather critical of Rory McIlroy after Masters showing

  • David Duval rather critical of Rory McIlroy after Masters showing

David Duval rather critical of Rory McIlroy after Masters showing

"It was never going to be pretty with Patrick Reed, the golfer who collected more enemies than most on his stormy rise from boyhood prodigy to college bad boy to self-promoting PGA Tour victor to master of the Masters".

And in the final two pairings on Sunday at Augusta National, fiery Reed finished with a one-under par 71 to win by a stroke while Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy shot 74 to share fifth on 279 and Masters runner-up Rickie Fowler fired a 67 while Spain's Jon Rahm shot 69.

McIlroy's last major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship but at 28 will have plenty more chances to win the Masters.

What many expected to be a battle between the final pair of Reed and McIlroy got off to a shaky start, with Reed's drive finishing close to a tree to the left of the fairway and McIlroy hitting a wild drive to the right.

While he did not enter the final day as leader in 2018, he was just two shots adrift of leader Patrick Reed and was well positioned to emerge triumphant.

Woods tried to temper expectations raised by his top-five finishes in two tuneup events, and it turns out he was wise to do so.

Patrick Reed is here to stay, and it's going to be interesting to see his journey now he can call himself a major champion.

There is also the underage drinking and possession of a fake ID in Reed's first year at the University of Georgia, for which the freshman was fined and sentenced to 60 hours of community service.

After his birdie at the last, Fowler was left waiting in the wings to see if friend and Ryder Cup teammate Reed would be able to protect his one-stroke lead.

But Spieth bogeyed the 72nd hole, and then Fowler birdied it to take the clubhouse lead at 14-under.

The 18th hole - a 465-yard par 4 - gave him trouble in all four rounds.

Spieth led after the first round, shooting a 66 that included a bogey at the 18th hole. "Now he is the Masters Champion!"

The win was especially welcome for the 2017 PGA Championship runner-up, who didn't take any title a year ago.

In four Masters appearances, Spieth also has two runner-up finishes and a tie for 11th previous year.

"That status makes it time to introduce Reed to those who might not follow golf except for those April strolls through the azaleas".

He didn't hole a three or four footer for an eagle on the second, he dropped a shot at the third, the little par four, and it was always him trying to catch up, make a move, and he never really got there and Patrick looked unflappable. He finished tied for 32nd at 1-over. I mean nobody's going to have a great Sunday every year at Augusta National.

The Masters' purse overall is $11.0 million, second only to the U.S. Open.

Hadwin, a noted hockey fan, also took time out of his week to pay tribute to the Vancouver Canucks' Sedin twins, who played their last NHL games last week. I missed it. I missed playing out here.

"The best player ever to live when I was growing up wore black trousers, a red shirt", Reed told The Augusta Chronicle.

At that time, Captain Jim Furyk will have his first eight players - automatic qualifiers.

We take a look at how the final round unfolded at Augusta National.

The Harbour Town course, designed by Pete Dye in 1969, with the help of the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, is one of the most recognizable on tour. "I started the round nine shots back and I came out with the idea of just playing the golf course and having a lot of fun doing it and try to shoot a low round and finish the tournament strong and see what happens, if something insane happens". So it is fitting to schedule the two events on successive weekends.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf and fantasy sports for CBS Local.