2018 Masters Experience Recap
Augusta, Ga – It was a dramatic ending to a historic afternoon at the 2018 Masters. Patrick Reed not only took home his first green jacket but also hoisted the hardware for his first major victory. Reed started the day with a comfortable 3-shot lead, but we all know that’s not enough to guarantee a green jacket at the end of the day.
After opening rounds of 69 and 66, Reed held the 36-hole, 2-shot lead going into the weekend. Only 2 shots back on Saturday, Marc Leishman was paired with Reed. Reed bogeyed the par-4 3rd hole while Leishman parred to get within one. Unfortunately for Leishman, it was all Patrick Reed from then on out, as he birdied holes 5, 8, and 9 to card a 2-under 34 on the inward nine.
After a birdie on the 10th hole, Reed eagled the 13th and 15th holes to take a 5-shot lead. However, Reed followed up the eagle on 15 with a bogey on the par-3 16th when McIlroy, who was on Reed’s heels all day long, birdied the 18th to get to 11-under and pull within 3 shots of the lead going into Sunday.
A final round pairing of Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy set the stage for a Ryder Cup singles rematch between the two competitors. However, the troubles started early for Rory as he blasted his tee shot well right of the fairway on #1. Although he scrambled for a par and Reed bogeyed, Rory was never able to find a rhythm and could not make enough noise to gain much ground on Reed the rest of the afternoon.
Reed would not make it difficult to keep up though, shooting even through the first nine. Both Spieth and Fowler both made their own Sunday charges. Spieth started the day 9 shots back of the lead but birdied the first two holes and went out with a 5-under 31 on the front. Then on the back nine, Spieth had a birdie stretch of 12, 13, 15 and 16. And the birdie on 16 placed him in a tie for the lead. Unfortunately, his historic run ended when he pulled his tee shot left on 18 and took a bogey on the hole. He would finish the tournament at 13-under par.
Rickie Fowler also had plans of his own green jacket that started late on the front nine as he birdied holes 8 and 9 to card a 1-under 35. Rickie would remain bogey-less the rest of his round while also draining 4 birdies on the back nine, including one at 18. Fowler finished the tournament at 14-under with hopes that it would be good enough. Unfortunately for Fowler, Patrick Reed continued his strong putting and did not let up. After Reed’s bogey at the 11th that led him into a tie with Spieth, he stepped up and birdied 2 of the next three holes and never looked back. With four straight pars to finish his round (-15), Reed finally got to relax, hug his caddy, celebrate with his wife, and shoulder the prestigious green jacket.
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