It was an exciting week of golf at Augusta National Golf Club, and the final round saw two Ryder Cup rivals, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy, playing in the final group, with Reed holding a three-shot lead. While Rory struggled for most of Sunday, shooting a final round 74, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler gave the most chase.
Spieth started the day nine strokes back of Reed, but by the time he had played his 16th hole, he carded his ninth birdie of the day, placing him only one shot back of Reed. An untimely bogey would leave Spieth two strokes shy with an 8-under final round of 64 and a final score of 13-under.
Rickie Fowler started out sluggish, playing his first seven holes +1; however, two straight birdies on 8 and 9 would give him plenty of momentum heading into the back nine. A four-under nine of 32, topped off with a birdie on 18, gave him a final-round 67 and a tournament total of 14-under
However, nothing would come in between Patrick Reed and his first major championship.
Reed spent most of the final round trading bogeys and birdies, but birdies on 12 and 14 catapulted him to 15-under, and with three closing pars, he captured the Green Jacket by one-stroke with a final-round 71. This is Patrick Reed’s sixth career PGA Tour victory, and his first since the 2016 The Barclays.
The benefits reaped from winning the Masters are plentiful: Patrick Reed will receive a lifetime exemption into the tournament, a five-year exemption into the other three majors, as well as the PGA Tour Exemption for five seasons.
Tiger Woods, one of the favorites heading into this week, was never able to find his game. After three mediocre rounds of 73-75-72, he saved his best for last in the final round, firing a three-under 69, finishing T32.
Australia’s Cameron Smith shot a final-round 66 to finish T-5, guaranteeing a spot in next year’s Masters field.
Low amateur was 2017 U.S. Amateur runner-up Doug Ghim, who also notched a couple of crystal goblets, awarded to those who score an eagle during the Masters Tournament. The only amateur to make the cut, Ghim finished tied for 50th at +8.
Freddy Couples, now 58, made the cut for the 30th time at Augusta National, tying Gary Player for second all-time. He finished in a tie for 38th place at +3.
Cameron Smtih -9 T-5th
Marc Leishman -8 9th
Jason Day -2 T-20th
Adam Scott +1 T-32nd
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head, SC for the RBC Heritage, while the European Tour ends its hiatus at the Open de España in Madrid, Spain.