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Patrick Reed Holds off Spieth and Fowler To Win First Masters

Patrick Reed did not come in as one of the favorites to win the Masters.   He was ranked 24th in the world, so it was not out of the realm of possibility but most expected the likes of Rory, Spieth, Fowler, Mickelson, or even Tiger.  So much so, that the entire final round’s coverage by CBS was about those big names Chasing, and very little on Patrick Reed.  It was a tremendous tournament, a wonderful win for Reed despite the Poor Coverage by CBS… something they honestly should be ashamed of.

I said it nearly all day, it felt as if they were pulling for the favorites to come back in win. Some could explain it away as the hosts were just trying to create a story.  But I believe they absolutely did not have too in this instance.  It was by far the most entertaining tournament to watch in years and that is because all the big names were involved.

With due respect, Spieth was having what could have been the greatest round in Major history, but he came up short as his drive on the 18th clipped a tree and he bogied the final hole.   Rory wilted midway through his round on Sunday and was really never a factor. Fowler roared back, finished just before Reed with a 14- under score which would have won 99% of the time.   It just came up 1 shot short.

They were all chasing…. “Captain America.”  Patrick Reed’s nickname was mentioned a couple of times but that could have been the real story.  It should have been the story and what was built up.  It was his first major win, one of many in his future I bet.  Instead we were fed all the greatness of Jordan Spieth, who had an amazing day but came up 2 strokes short.  Ricki Fowler who also played incredible on Sunday and made a birdie on 18 which forced Reed to par his 18th.

As soon as CBS Figured out there would be no Tiger or Phil on the weekend, they shifted directly to Spieth, Fowler, and McIllroy. Nearly like Reed was an afterthought, but he shouldn’t have been.

The fan’s reaction was mixed because of some of his past and the complications of that interesting past.  He was dismissed from Georgia, he had some issues at Augusta St., although he was very successful there.  The local fan base  in Augusta largely has mixed feelings about him.  I contest, he was a kid still and mistakes are more frequent during those years.   Actually, some of what we have seen from the Adults on the tour are worse than what he did as a student athlete.  With that said, he plays with a chip on his shoulder because of it and his past is likely part of what makes him such a great player.

As for Reed’s Win, Curtis Strange summed it up like this.  He called him a “little bulldog.”  Strange on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo said “if you look at Patrick’s background, he’s a tough guy.  He’s got a lot of Kiss my rear, in him.” He called him… “the loveable Villain. I mean that with all due respect.”

Strange assessed Tigers play “poorly the first 3 days, he did not play the way he wanted to play.  Never looked like he was the most comfortable this week.  But I liked what he did yesterday.” “This is all part of the comeback.”

This was Reed’s 6th tour victory.  Here are some highlights below.

 

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