Patrick Reed Wins the Masters in a Breakthrough Performance


Patrick Reed after sinking a par putt on the 18th hole Sunday to clinch his Masters victory.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed won the Masters on Sunday, missing a chance to make history but fending off all challenges to secure his first victory in a major tournament.

Reed closed with a one-under-par 71, his first round over 69 this week at Augusta National. He had a chance to become the first player to post four sub-70 scores in the tournament.

Reed still finished at 15-under over all, a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler, who was also seeking his first win in a major event.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, started the final round nine strokes back, but produced the best score of the day, an eight-under-par 64. He leapt past everyone but Fowler and Reed, who went into the tournament with five PGA Tour victories had not won on the tour since August 2016.

Reed had also historically played poorly at Augusta National. In four prior appearances here, he missed the cut twice, never broke 70 and always finished outside the top 20. But this week, he put every part of his game together. Among other things, he played the par 5s in a total of 13 under.

Reed, 27, spent the final round in a pairing with Rory McIlroy, 28, whose bid to become the sixth man to complete a career grand slam will have to wait another year. McIlroy trailed Reed by three shots as they began their round, and he looked tight from the start. McIlroy played the front nine in one over and posted a two-over 74 to finish at nine under over all and in a tie for fifth.

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