On Sunday, April 8th, 2018, Patrick Reed clinched his first major championship win to become a legendary Green Jacket holder. The tournament was full of surprises and it all came down to the very last putt on the 18th green. Many golfers gave Reed a run for his money and although he was not to the clear favorite, he did not let that stop him from powering through on Sunday.
Patrick Reed has been known to have an extremely competitive attitude and that shined during the past week at Augusta National®. Going in to the final round on Sunday, Rory McIlroy was the only golfer within three shots of him. Reed and McIlroy did not tee off until 2:40pm giving them plenty of time to soak in what was happening on the course and what the experts and analysts were saying about their fate.
Reed’s ears were open to these analysts and all he heard from them was McIlroy’s name over and over. He stated, “Not only did it fuel my fire a little bit but also, it just takes the pressure off of me and adds it back to him.” Reed ran with this. In addition he embraced hearing great roars throughout the course for Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, and went about his business, while others were focused on catching the competition.
The Comeback at The Masters® by Jordan Spieth
As Reed and McIlroy reached Amen Corner, the Irishman began to succumb to his kryptonite on the back nine and it seemed as though Reed had the tournament in the bag. Well, not if Jordan Spieth had anything to say about it.
Spieth was four groups ahead of Reed and began the day nine shots away from the lead. After getting past the 12th hole, which has served as challenge to Spieth in the past, it was all up from there once he sunk a tough 25-foot shot pulling within three shots of the lead.
Going into the par-3 16th hole, Spieth hit a very average tee shot. He manages to drain a 35-foot shot which he couldn’t even believe himself as he turned to his caddie and mouthed “are you kidding me?” He was now 14 under, tied for the lead, and achieved an unbelievable comeback.
Spieth wasn’t the only one to get this lucky. Reed, hit a shot on the 13th hole that would usually fall into Rae’s Creek, but to his shock the ball somehow got caught in the grass, preventing it from falling in the water. This was one of many indications that things were going to work in Reed’s favor this Masters Sunday.
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth take two very different approaches when it comes to competition. Following the tournament Spieth stated that he did not look at the leaderboard once. He was completely unaware that he’d reached the top of the leaderboard, tied for first.
Reed, on the other hand, was extremely aware of where he was on the leaderboard and who his biggest competition was at every moment of the tournament. This allowed his competitive nature to be set on fire and fuel him to push himself that much harder.
On the final hole of the tournament for Jordan Spieth, he hit a poor tee shot resulting in a bogey for the hole. Reed was back on the 17th hole and leading by two.
Spieth Out, Fowler In
But it wasn’t over yet, Rickie Fowler was still out there and on the prowl. Fowler and Reed go way back, “Patrick, he’s not scared,” Fowler said, “he won’t back down. I don’t necessarily see him as someone who backs up and will let you come back into the tournament. You have to go catch him.” A challenge he willingly accepted.
Fowler birdied 18 to secure a final score of 14 under, tied with Reed. He claims he did this to, “keep P-Reed honest out there, at least making him earn it.” And earn it he did. All he had to do was make par on an uphill, dogleg right, 465-yard, par-4, 18th hole, one of the toughest golf courses in the world, no pressure.
All that was left now was for Reed to make a four-foot putt to win his first major. After a few deep breathes and a beautiful follow through, he did it, he became The Masters® 2018 Champion.
“It’s just a way of God basically saying, ‘Let’s see if you have it,” Reed said, “Everyone knows you have it physically with the talent. But do you have it mentally? Can you handle the ups and downs throughout the round?” Yes, yes he can.
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