Masters: Patrick Reed holds off fast-finishing Jordan Spieth to win Green Jacket
American Patrick Reed has held his nerve through a tense final round at the Masters, holding off a fast finishing Jordan Spieth to claim his first major with a one-shot victory.
Spieth shot a eight-under 64 in the final round to pull back within one shot of Reed, before a bogey on the final hole that also cost him second place.
That went to Rickie Fowler after shooting 67 in his final round.
Reed, the overnight leader, never flinched throughout a raucous afternoon at Augusta National.
Clinging to a one-shot lead, his 25-foot putt down the slippery slope on the 18th green ran three feet by the hole as Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71.
“To have to par the last hole to win my first major, it definitely felt right,” Reed said from Butler cabin, right before Sergio Garcia helped him into a green jacket.
Reed, who goes by the nickname Captain America after some patriotic performances in the Ryder Cup, said closing out the round was mentally tough.
“Today was definitely probably the hardest mentally a round of golf could possibly be,” he said.
“It was going to be tough, anytime trying to close off a golf tournament is really tough.”