Patrick Reed wins first major title, holding off Rickie Fowler at Masters

Carrie Guzman
April 9, 2018

The third round of the Masters was just getting started on Saturday.

Given Stenson's sentiment, we'll cut the contenders' list down to the five above, even as some interesting names remain in the final few groups.

He finished equal 32nd on Sunday and was barely an after-thought at Augusta National as three players in their 20s battled for the Green Jacket. The Spaniard has never been in such a position at a major championship, but this is precisely the kind of seasoning he'll need for the opportunities that lie ahead of him. So much so that Reed emulated it.

Patrick Reed is halfway home to his first major championship. "I believe that if I play the golf that I know how to play that I can win majors".

Woods and Mickelson probably don't. "You know, it's sad, it's sad too, because I played so good the last three days and that one shot, one shot where I feel like I made a ideal swing and wound up in the water".

"I really missed it", Woods said. I struggled with obviously controlling the shape. I hadn't been able to play in it, so now I'm glad I'm competing in this tournament. He shot 80. He recovered from that misery to win his next major start, the U.S. Open at Congressional that June. But at the end of the day, it's business and we're both trying to do something pretty special. They got on a roll and I just didn't.

Reed had his best major finish last season at the PGA Championship where he finished tied for second with Francesco Molinari, just two strokes behind victor Justin Thomas.

It's essentially a Ryder Cup rematch at Augusta National.

"We gave our all out there and made P-Reed earn it", Fowler said.

He was at 9-under 135. He shot a 71 for the day, which was enough.

It's a score that would've been good enough to win most years. Instead of laying up from 210 yards, he closed with the face of a 5-iron, aimed toward the right bunker.

"I had no idea", Spieth said. From a pine-straw-shades-of-Phil-in-2010 lie with the ball above his feet, Spieth sent his ball soaring toward the green.

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"We represent IL and Chicago", Jeff said. "And that's how I'm going to take today". "And it was a little bit disappointing I didn't hit my irons as well as I needed to for this particular week. And it came off".

If anyone was going to complete the career Grand Slam, it was definitely going to be him.

Fowler meanwhile struck birdies on six of the last 11 holes to finish 14-under and edge Spieth for second place.

"Just a great day", McIlroy said. "And that's how I'm going to take today".

Looming was Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, who made a 45-foot par putt on the 16th to atone for several birdie putts in the 10-foot range he missed.

Thomas knew Spieth's shot wasn't good, but he also knew it wasn't his worst.

Eleven of the 17 players still under par at the halfway point can be found among the top 20 in the world.

After his tee shot landed in a foot in the right rough, he flew the green with his second shot. Spieth settled for a quadruple-bogey 7 and lost his lead to Danny Willett.

A chip that likely would have gone off the green at the par-5 eighth banged into the pin and dropped for eagle.

Spieth answered with a birdie of his own at the par-5 15th, rolling in a testy, 6-foot putt that made him 8 under for the day and 13 under overall. Spieth said he didn't know how close he was to winning. "I'm hoping to come in and spoil the party".

Spain's Jon Rahm is also at 10 under, joining Spieth just one shot behind Rory McIlroy and four in back of leader Patrick Reed. The fans are going to be ready to go, they are going to be ready to cheer for whoever is making putts, whoever is making birdies or pulling off shots. "I stand by my comments", Reed said.

He was tied for 40th.

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