Reed shows at Masters he's just as tough on his own

  • Reed shows at Masters he's just as tough on his own

Reed shows at Masters he's just as tough on his own

"He's a fearless player and I think that's one of the reasons he was able to hold on is he just is a tough, tough competitor and hates to lose".

McIlroy should hope he hasn't used up all his luck.

After Reed eagled No. 13 on Saturday, he once again went for the green on his second shot.

Perhaps one of these days, they'll come to embrace him in green. This was for everybody who acts as if there is still sport if Tiger Woods doesn't turn back the clock to when he was the hot kid in his 20s, even if you thought television was going to follow Tiger all the way to the airport when he had finished Sunday at 1-over par.

Fowler did his best with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, and an 8-foot birdie on the final hole.

"The biggest thing was I put too much pressure on myself", added Reed, who helped Augusta State win two NCAA titles.

There was McIlroy - honest, refreshing, talented - who already had paid his dues at Augusta National with that final-round 80 in 2011 and now lacked only this major to complete the career Grand Slam.

Reed won for the sixth time in his PGA Tour career, though he was best known for the trophies he shared at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.

This time, it's within reach, though he'll have to chase down a guy who's carded three straight rounds in the 60s.

"A great day", McIlroy said. "He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight". Reed could only par No. 13, failing to take advantage of the par-5 as he had done all week. Reed, it seems, would have to do some backing up to bring others into play.

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.

Keeping it won't be easy, not on this stage. That, though, was the catalyst for the Northern Irishman's putting to let him down when he really needed it, especially on a day when Reed was knocking them in.

"I didn't say anything to him".

Writes Wetzel: "And if the fans didn't cheer with much conviction, if they were rooting for Rory (McIlroy) or Rickie (Fowler) or damn near anyone else, then so what?"

They've still got a lot of work to do. So was the back nine drama and even a worthy champion.

"Obviously it's been everyone's dream to win the Masters", Fowler said. I expect myself to go out and win.

You know, going into that, it just felt like, okay, well, that takes off a little bit of that pressure off of me and I can just go out and try to play golf. Jack Burke Jr. did it in 1956.

It was Justin Thomas last summer at the PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth at The Open before that, Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open even before that.

"To win in Augusta having gone to school there, first major, I mean, it couldn't be any better!" says Coach O'Keefe.

For the week, Reed made eight birdies, six pars and two eagles on those holes, which gave him strokes gained edge of 7.95 strokes there alone. Although he was far behind the leaders, he still provided some riveting moments on the final day as he scored his only eagle and almost aced another hole. Only one player, 55-year-old Vijay Singh, has a higher 54-hole score than Mickelson's 223. TV analyst Brandel Chamblee described McIlroy's opening blow as "the worst tee shot in the final group of a major that I've ever seen and probably will ever see".