Patrick Reed edges Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth to win Masters at Augusta

Patrick Reed edges Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth to win Masters at Augusta

Patrick Reed held off a furious comeback from Jordan Spieth and a stellar round from Rickie Fowler to claim his first Masters championship on Sunday.

Most of the omens appeared to be in McIlroy's favour, as he acknowledged earlier in the week.

With Spieth on the up and Fowler beginning his run, Reed opened the door for the chasing pack with another bogey at the 11th, but his response was again immediate as he drained a ideal putt from beyond the pin at the 12th.

Woods started the weekend more than a dozen shots out of the lead and knew he would need something special to happen to get back in contention. But in the situation, it was indifferent - and featured a series of missed putts that turned out to be demoralizing.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson shot 68 to finish at -6, where he's joined by Tommy Fleetwood, who shot 66 despite bogeying 18. "But it's hard to take any positives from it right now". Hopefully, tomorrow I can shoot something, get me to even par or even in the red. "That's all I wanted to do".

McIlroy got off to a terrific start that included a chip-in eagle at 8 and turned in five-under 31.

Reed also doesn't buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him. He barely touched it and it rolled past about four feet, but once again, he buried the par putt.

"Honestly I don't really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not cheering for me", he said. "That made a big difference".

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Of course, he's going to have to play some awesome golf to hold off Rory McIlroy, who is in search of his first green jacket and completion of the career grand slam, but Reed has faced McIlroy before.

"Oh yeah, 100 percent", said McIlroy. "I've had five top-10s. I'm just going to go out and try to play the golf course and try to play some good golf".

"I knew it was going to be tough, that the lead was going to shrink at times and it could grow and the only way I was going to get that done was to make sure the putter was working".

It was far from what the 42-year-old Woods wanted, but he left the hallowed grounds feeling better about his game than he did a few days before and more encouraged than his last few trips to Augusta National. At the 17th, Reed's approach just missed the front left part of the green, leaving him an 80-foot putt that he almost made, hitting the hole and running out to five feet.

This particular Sunday came a hole-in-one of a different sort.

The solitary hole-in-one in the main event came from fellow American Charley Hoffman, who made the 20th ace at the 16th in Masters history and he ended in a tie for 12th. "At the end of the day if I go out and I feel pleased with how I play, then, you know, it should be an enjoyable Sunday night".

As of the time of this writing, he's four behind Patrick Reed - who's been living on the edge a bit through the first handful of holes and is probably lucky to be at level par for the day.

The Masters is where he threw away a four-shot lead in the final round, and now it's the missing piece of a career slam. Jordan Spieth came roaring from behind to finish third, carding an eight-under 64 to close the tournament at 13-under.