Patrick Reed earned his first masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club in a dramatic way. Reed, 27, captured his first major championship by one stroke over Rickie Fowler (67) and by two over Jordan Spieth (64).
He finished at 15-under 273, becoming Augusta’s fourth consecutive first-time major champion (following Spieth, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia). All four of the game’s majors are now held by players 27 or younger.
The 24 year old, Spieth has already built a highly impressive record at this Tournament. He shot 270 to win in 2015 at age 21, and he keeps on giving himself chances, even as most counted him out on the final day. Starting nine shots behind Reed, Spieth kept his head down, never glanced at a leader board, and just kept making birdies. There would be nine in all. With a 33-foot curler for birdie at No. 16, he pulled next to Reed at 14-under. Spieth went to No. 18 needing one more birdie to shoot a Masters-record 62 – instead, his drive hugging the left side clipped a limb and kicked straight right, and he made bogey. If it’s ever possible to be disappointed with a Sunday 64, this was the rare time.
Reed had set out to become the first player in Masters history to shoot four rounds in the 60s, but a final-round, 1-under 71 delivered what he came for: a champion’s Green Jacket. Fowler, 29, also seeking his first major, kept pressure on Reed until the end, making one last birdie at 18 (from 7 feet) to pull within a shot. His solo-second finish marked Fowler’s best showing at a major. He shot 65-67 on the weekend.
Source: The Masters