Reed vs McIlroy: A Ryder Cup rematch at the Masters

Reed vs McIlroy: A Ryder Cup rematch at the Masters

A round of 71 was enough for Patrick Reed to secure his first major title at the Masters, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth coming up just short on a typically exhilarating final day.

"What Reed will remember, when he's had time to process it all, is not just what he won but how he won it".

"I made P. Reed earn it", Fowler said when it was over.

"I don't ever regret anything I really say", Reed said.

"It's just a way of God basically saying, 'Let's see if you have it, '" Reed said.

The loudest cheer from the first tee at Augusta National was for Rory McIlroy, who played with Reed in the final round. Australian Marc Leishman was second on 137 after shooting 67 with Sweden's Henrik Stenson third on 139. None-the-less, Reed has won his first green jacket.

Patrick Reed, as noted by Golf Digest equipment guru Mike Johnson, is a rare breed of major champion.

"It was breaking so hard to the left, I couldn't tell if it was going to go in or if it was just going to burn edges", Reed said.

"For Rory being in position and trying to win here in the past, and you know, having some success here, it didn't surprise me that the fans were cheering for him in the beginning".

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Reed's previous best finish in a major had been a tie for second, two shots behind Justin Thomas, in last year's US PGA, but he was a total of 27 over par for his first four Masters appearances and had never broken 70 at Augusta National before an opening 69. "I'm hitting good putts".

"I can't believe my son is the Masters champion".

Still, the Masters is a different kind of pressure, especially with so many elite players in pursuit.

Reed held off strong Sunday challenges from Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to win his first Major championship, and while it is always a great day for a golfer when they win one of the four marquee events, the Masters gives some special benefits to the victor. It went miles right and McIlroy went on to have an off day with the driver. If you get riled up, show it. "The wind swirls in these big tall trees". He would feel just as comfortable in black. He arrived at Augusta National with momentum from a victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship last month, but he barely made the cut Friday.

"I think things are progressing", he said. It was possibly the highest score I could have shot today. With Reed at 15 under courtesy of a birdie at 14, Fowler birdied 18 to leave his compatriot needing a par for victory. He had to make a 6-footer for par on the 17th. "I felt that was a time where I had an opportunity".

Quote: "I've been waiting for this chance, to be honest".

Woods accounted for nearly six percent of all bets on the 87-man field.

His tee shot on the 18th clipped the last branch in his way, dropping his ball some 267 yards from the green. Woods became the last pro in the field to make a birdie or better at a par-5 hole by two-putting for birdies from 40 feet at 13 and 35 feet at 15. He made all pars from there. Every new champion is given a locker to share with a legend of the game - recent victor Jordan Spieth was paired with four-time victor Arnold Palmer, before the legendary golfer passed away.