Augusta Masters 2018: Patrick Reed is champion

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Reed still isn't a Top 5 player in the world, but when he walked off the 18th green on Sunday at Augusta National, he was something more important - a Masters champion.

"So yes, I saw Jordan and Rickie just storm up those leaderboards and go up".

"What we did on 12 today was really cool", he said about sinking a 27-foot putt for birdie on the devilish hole that had confounded him in each of his previous Masters.

It wasn't necessarily a home match for the San Antonio native. I don't necessarily see him as someone that backs up and will let you come back into the tournament.

It was far from what the 42-year-old Woods wanted, but he left the hallowed grounds feeling better about his game than he did a few days before and more encouraged than his last few trips to Augusta National. Others on the lead board crept up, but he maintained his composure. Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman are among the seven golfers who finished the first round at three-under par. "I usually take three to four weeks off, through my entire career, and usually the clubs are put in the closet, and I just kind of get away for a while".

"Well, I've got to put myself where I'm not five back, and then shoot 67", Fowler said.

There was more support for Rory McIlroy out there yesterday than there was for Reed, whose family live in Augusta. At the Ryder Cup it's just a totally different type of pressure.

Patrick Reed celebrates after sinking his par putt on the 18th hole to win the 2018 Masters.

"I was pretty gutted at the finish", said Spieth, who finished two shots behind Reed. Reed sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-4 14th to regain a one-stroke lead.

Reed enjoyed an enormous stroke of luck when his approach to the 13th came up short, but plugged in the bank of Rae's Creek instead of rolling back into the water. But in the situation, it was indifferent - and featured a series of missed putts that turned out to be demoralizing. But it could have been a lot worse. This was his eighth top-five finish in a major championship and third runner-up.

Before Fowler took up the challenge of overhauling Reed, it was Spieth leading the chase with a sizzling eight-under 64 that matched the lowest final round at a Masters to finish two shots back.

Reed, a regular watcher of Golf Channel, felt the victory validated his talent and ability to close out a tournament.

Silver Cup victor Doug Ghim, the only amateur to make it through to the weekend, finished off in style. I knew it was going to be a dogfight. "I'm going to dig in here, I'm going to make a birdie or a par to get out of it" ".

"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", Reed said.

It's the first major title for Reed.

He has finished top 5 and top 10 once before, and finished second in the PGA Championship past year, but he managed to secure victory in Augusta, Georgia.

The galleries at Augusta also appeared desperate to hoist another hero on their shoulders, when 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a Sunday run for the ages.

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