Patrick Reed Silences Critics to become the 2018 Masters Champion

by Maura Hutchinson

The 82nd Masters Tournament came to an end on Sunday night as Patrick Reed held his nerve to finish at 15-under, 1-stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler.  Earning the American his first major title and sixth PGA Tour win.

Reed started the final round three shots clear of Rory McIlroy but it was obvious from the start of Sunday who the fans were rooting for. Although, the lack of crowd favour didn’t seem to bother Reed.

“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 [McIlroy],” Reed told reporters.

As McIlroy looked poised to chase his Grand Slam on Sunday, the Northern Irishman’s putter let me down and Reed blew past him to finish top dog at Augusta. Late surges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler tested the 27-year-old but in the end the Green Jacket belonged to Reed, despite the lacklustre response from the crowd.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” said Reed. “Any time you are trying to close off a golf tournament is really hard, but to close off your first major, and at a place that is so close [to] your heart, is even harder.”

Adding, “I knew the lead would shrink at time and the lead could grow at others. Those are just the flows of golf and you need to know how to handle it.”

And handle it he did. No matter what your personal thoughts on Reed and his style of play, the interesting and self-confident golfer is now a Masters Champion.

Check out Reed’s Masters bag below:

Driver: Ping G400 LST
Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro
Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB
Irons: Callaway X Forged; Callaway MB-1
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Ball: Titleist Pro V1