Masters champion Patrick Reed commits to THE PLAYERS Championship

Masters champion Patrick Reed commits to THE PLAYERS Championship

"I can't believe my son is the Masters champion". He did not coach Reed, but says he was cheering for him on Sunday.

Don't look for McIlroy to cup his hand over his ear to encourage the gallery to scream even louder.

McIlroy never looked to trouble Reed as he struggled to set up birdie putts, and those that he did wouldn't drop. The last challenge came from Rickie Fowler, who birdied the last hole to leave Reed no room for error.

Floyd inserted a 5-wood in the bag that week to help launch high approach shots created to land softly on Augusta National's firm greens. However, Reed coolly sank a 6-foot putt for par at 17, then two-putted for par at 18 to get the win by one at 15-under-par 273. Still, he played much more like the four-time Masters champion everyone remembers for the first time all week.

He had his best chance yet on a stirring Sunday at the Masters, making six birdies over the final 11 holes - including an 8-footer at the 72nd hole that finished off a 14-under 274. Instead, I got this putt that you've got to hit sideways.

In the end, ESPN and CBS can walk away feeling good about its Masters viewership.

Another round to "Captain America". "He won't back down". "You go to a Ryder Cup and you feel like you have a whole nation on your back". Rickie Fowler gave chase, too, and Rory McIlroy stayed in his face. It still wasn't enough. Fowler now has eight top-five finishes in 31 majors over his career.

"I knew the golf course a little better [this year]", he said.

"You had to do it didn't you?" "You had to birdie the last". Fowler finished in second at 14-under.

Spieth skirted edges on Nos.

Jordan Spieth's bogey at the final hole prevented him from matching the Masters record of 63. He had to settle for a 64. McIlroy, trying to complete the career Grand Slam, added to his star-crossed Masters history with a final-round 74 and tied for fifth.

He went to the last hole with a real shot to win. That was as close as he came.

Forest Hills Golf Course near Wrightsboro Rd in Augusta was Reed's home turf in college.

But after opening the tournament with three straight rounds in the 60s Reed had everyone's attention.

He was met with polite applause on the first tee.

And although it was not the collapse of 2011, when he enjoyed a four-shot lead after 54 holes before crashing to a closing 80, the Northern Irishman can be forgiven for wondering if his place in history will remain elusive. As much as one could question whether Spieth might have benefited knowing where he stood late on Sunday, it's quite possible knowing would have introduced a new internal monologue that might have only been counterproductive.

Then McIlroy missed his eagle putt. He shot a 3-over-par 75 on Friday and shot even par in the third round.

Besides, it seems nearly certain that Tiger drew in fans during the opening rounds who continued watching over the back half of the tournament. "Be stubborn", he once said about learning by watching Woods.

"So I knew if Jordan made some birdies, he was far enough ahead that when he kind of went on his run, I was basically on hole nine".

Reed yanked his tee shot at the par-4 first left and into pine straw.

Johnson and Spieth each shot 1-under 71 in the third round. That's all he needed.

Reed is seeking his first major championship. This victory moves him to No. 11.



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