Sports | April 9, 2018 9:24 am

Patrick Reed Walks Away With Masters Win

Reed held on Sunday by shooting a one-under-par 71 in the final round

Patrick Reed of the United States celebrates with the trophy during the green jacket ceremony after winning the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Patrick Reed of the United States celebrates with the trophy during the green jacket ceremony after winning the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t pretty, but Patrick Reed shot well enough on Sunday at The Masters to leave Augusta National with a green jacket.

Reed started his round Sunday with a three-shot lead on his closest competitor, Rory McIlroy.

It wasn’t Rory McIlroy’s day as hung around but was never really a close threat to wrest the lead from Reed. The same came cannot be said for Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both of whom shot incredibly well on Sunday and kept the pressure on Reed until his final shot.

Fowler forced Reed to par on the 18th hole by making six birdies over the last 11 holes to finish at 14-under, one stroke off of Reed’s winning 15-under score.

Spieth finished third but was actually even better than both Fowler and Reed on the day, shooting an 8-under 64 that got him into contention after he started the day with a daunting nine-shot deficit.

Still, it wasn’t enough to catch Reed or make him crack under the pressure as he held on to first place by shooting a one-under-par 71 in the final round to finish just ahead of Fowler.

With the win, his first major, the 27-year-old prevented McIlroy from completing his career Grand Slam, stopped Spieth from securing his second Masters title and ended Fowler’s chance of taking home his first.

“A lot of people were wanting him to get that career Grand Slam,” Reed said. “I just kind of went out there and just tried to play golf the best I could and tried to stay in the moment and not worry about everything else.”