Patrick Reed claims Masters title as Rory McIlroy fades

Sergio Garcia of Spain, last year's Masters' champion helps put the Green Jacket on 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed following final

Sergio Garcia of Spain, last year's Masters champion helps put the Green Jacket on 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed following final

Way back in 2010, he openly stated that "winning the career slam is not beyond the realm of possibility", yet now that he is one tournament away from doing so, it actually seems increasingly unlikely.

"So I'm really looking forward to this year and the three majors that are left", said Fowler.

Reed wasn't even distracted by the collapse of his popular rival, Rory McIlroy, who, on Saturday night, had put out quotes about how "all the pressure is on Reed" and that Patrick would have to "sleep on the lead" while thinking about all the "big-time players" right behind him.

Patrick Reed was given a further taste of what life is like in a Masters green jacket as he took in an National Basketball Association game alongside two Hollywood A-listers on Monday night.

"I stuck to my game plan all week", Reed said. "But that's another thing that just kind of played into my hand".

This tournament did not rise to that level, but it was fairly exciting and interesting, with the usual share of ups and downs.

Reed, who dominated the Par 5s during the first three rounds, struggled to score on the longest holes on Sunday.

Further evidence that today's players may be more explosive and more fearless than the game has ever seen.

There is the kind of young talent in his sport now that there is all over baseball.

Reed didn't mind that because he thought it was McIlroy who would be feeling the heat, not him. Harrington asked. "That's more than enough time to break Jack Nicklaus's record (of 18 major title wins)". That's never happened before in the modern era. "Win a major. We're close".

Reed became the fourth American in-a-row aged 27 or below to win a major championship, so at 27 he was below the average age of a US Masters victor of 32.5 but he continued the fantastic run of first-time major winners.

McIlroy said: "I hope this isn't the last Major I win". "And I putted terrible".

"So I'm ready to go".

"I'm obviously disappointed (with the finish)".

A player has only so many chances to win the Masters, after all, no matter how good he is.

"I think things are progressing", he said. "You go to a Ryder Cup and you feel like you have a whole nation on your back. He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight". It was one of the best shots of an incredible day for Spieth, who showed once again what he's capable when he gets hot. "I've played in two final groups in the last seven years, I've had five top 10s". "He won't back down".

As Reed celebrated, McIlroy was left to rue a "frustrating" Sunday where putting woes came to the fore. It was like high-octane fuel for him.

It's ironic how storylines are so ideal that sometimes, they're too good to be true.

Bill and Jeannette have said tension started when Patrick became engaged to Justine Karain (who ditched nursing to be his caddy) in January 2012.

"He's a member of the Masters Club now".

"He's a lot more calm", Karain told reporters outside the clubhouse while his boss was being presented with a Green Jacket in the nearby Butler Cabin. "His name is etched in history".

Actually, with so much talented youth hoisting trophies now, that feat could be more hard than ever.

Phil Mickelson was 33 when he won his first major.

Reed's Masters victory was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he'd never broken 70 at Augusta National before last week's opening 69.

"Glad I at least made the last one, make him earn it", Fowler said with a grin as he waited to greet the newest major champion. I don't know Patrick Reed or his family or why the split.

Patrick's course form coming in to the event was poor, reading MC-22-49-MC and he was the first victor since Tiger Woods in 1997 to have missed the cut the previous year.

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