We have another first-time Masters winner, golf fans. It was a memorable one, but not for the reasons we initially expected.
Heading into the final day, we figured it would be Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy battling it out on Sunday, but Rory fell back while Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler STORMED back to make it close one.
Spieth carded an incredible 8-under final round and Fowler followed suit with a 5-under day, but Reed staved them off, shooting one-under to win by a stroke and capture the green jacket and his first career major. After tying for second at the 2017 PGA Championship, Reed wanted to start 2018 on the right foot, and he has, winning the first major of the season.
This one came down the final putt after Fowler birdied 18 to come within a stroke. Reed needed to hit the par putt, and here's how he finished:
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Patrick Reed is a Masters Champion. pic.twitter.com/7LILwZEQ2V
Reed didn't shoot over a 69 in any of his four rounds, with his best coming on Friday after carding a 66. He was the only golfer to do that this weekend, and it wasn't even close, as the next best golfers shot at least two rounds in the 70s.
You couldn't have asked for better golf on the final day. While McIlroy's disappointing round certainly put damper on it, it's promising to see young guns Fowler, Spieth and Jon Rahm atop the leaderboard when all is said and done. It's good for the game and certainly makes up for Tiger Woods being out of the conversation after Day 2.
Congrats to Reed on a cutch and masterful performance. At just 27 years old, one can only think there are plenty more that lie ahead.