Patrick Reed was best known for his Ryder Cup success. Not anymore. Reed is now as a Masters champion.
Reed, who led the USA Ryder Cup team win at Hazeltine 17 months ago, held off a furious final round charge from Jordan Spieth Sunday at Augusta to win the green jacket for his first major championship.
Spieth made Reed work for it, firing a final round 64, and just missing a par putt on 18 that would have tied the course record (shared by Greg Norman and Nick Price) and been best ever final round in Masters history. Spieth finished two shots back at 13 under.
However, Reed was able to hold on with a clutch birdie on the difficult 12th, and just enough steady play to hold on to capture his first major.
Former OSU Cowboy Rickie Fowler also made a charge Sunday, shooting a final round 67, including a birdie on 18 to finish 14 under, forcing Reed to make par on the last hole to secure the win.
Fowler was so close to winning his first major title, but it was Reed able to close the deal to win his first.
The final Round was setup to be a duel between Reed and his Ryder Cup rival Rory McIlroy, but McIlroy folded on Sunday with a final round 74, finishing in a four way tie for 5th. With a win, Rory would’ve joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen and the only players to have won the career grand slam.
Tiger Woods, who came into the year’s first major healthy, and playing well, finished tied for 32nd, one over par after a final round 69.
The four time Masters winner was undone by shaky iron play and putting.
Three time winner Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 36th, finishing two over par.
Augusta produced another dramatic Sunday. And Patrick Reed was the the last man standing.