What's fueling public perceptions about Patrick Reed?

What's fueling public perceptions about Patrick Reed?

The name has changed a few times since Patrick Reed stepped foot here at Augusta University, but the greens where he hit some of his best collegiate shots have not.

"It was breaking so hard to the left, I couldn't tell if it was going to go in or if it was just going to burn edges", Reed said.

More than any pressure with the Grand Slam at stake, McIlroy has a score to settle.

The final test was a 25-foot putt down the scary slope on the 18th green, and Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop as it rolled 3 feet by. Every putt you make: "This is to win at Augusta, this is to win the green jacket", said Reed. "When you have those kind of tricks playing out there it doesn't make it any easier". I had my caddie remind me of that the entire week. He said he couldn't wait to tee it up in the final group.

McIlroy made up a five-shot deficit in eight holes when he chipped in for eagle on the par-5 eighth.

The charge was killed at the ninth, another thumping drive leaving him a wedge in that rolled to nine feet, but the putt didn't even shave the hole on the way by. When I was overseas, they will cheer for good golf no matter what.

The laidback Victorian put on a courageous face as he explained away a cold round with the putter, but never has a day with someone rooted to a score around the normally challenging Augusta National seemed so deflating. "And I'm going for. something else". "But it was a phenomenal day".

In four Masters appearances, Spieth also has two runner-up finishes and a tie for 11th past year.

Fowler couldn't resist a little jab at his good friend.

Australian Cameron Smith shot 66 to finish alongside McIlroy in fifth and the baby-faced 24-year-old looks a star in the making. "I hit so many lovely putts". He ran off four straight top-five finishes in the majors in 2014, but he has largely disappointed since.

And when the putts don't fall on the final day, there's not a lot of excuses that can be made. He also feared for the worst when his second shot on the par-5 13th went into a sea of pink azaleas, and he wasn't sure he could find the ball.

Reed took on all that, and took on the pressure of that Atlantic Ocean of water you face on the back nine of the Masters; he had taken on the pressure of having this kind of chance to win his first major at the age of 27. "I gave it a go and it came off". I mean, I have no idea, and honestly I don't really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not cheering for me. But he is a very accomplished player and he could yet win another Major or two.

Fowler finished just a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed at Augusta National after weekend rounds of 65 and 67 were not enough to overcome a slow start. If you get riled up, show it.

Fowler added four more birdies on the back side, the best he's ever played with a major title hanging in the balance. I think that's just because of the history and everything that's gone on here at Augusta National and how special it is to all the golfers and special it is to just golf in general around the world.

"You know, Shinnecock is one of my favorite golf courses in the U.S. Obviously this place, and I haven't been to the other two".

Jordan Spieth came hard for Patrick Reed Sunday at the Masters.

Winning the Masters also gives you access to the exclusive Champions locker room, which is reserved for previous winners away from the rest of the participants. "Now he is the Masters Champion!"

Someone asked Fowler about his goals going forward.

That's how you win majors and earn respect.



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