Controversial Patrick Reed wins 2018 Masters

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  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • GLT Content Writer & Developer
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Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters tournament. The PGA Tour event culminated at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 8, 2018. With a final score of 273, -15, Reed narrowly defeated a strong-finishing Rickie Fowler, 274, -14, and former Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who shot a Sunday record-tying 64 to finish the weekend at 275, -13.


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Reed began play Sunday with a narrow lead over Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, a favorite of Masters patrons and golf fans worldwide. Unfortunately for Rory, the final round would not be nearly as successful as he would have liked, leading to a four-way tie for the fifth position with Australia’s Cameron Smith, Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (279, -9.) Spain’s Jon Rahm, the fourth ranked player in the world, would finish with 277, -11, good enough for sole possession of fourth place at the end of play Sunday.


Rory McIlroy Patrick Reed 2018
Rory McIlroy congratulates Masters winner Patrick Reed

Known as Captain America for his play in international group tournaments, particularly the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed’s victory was not as popular with the American patrons in attendance at Augusta as one might expect, especially considering Reed lead his college team, Augusta State, to two national championships. However, Reed’s college career was not without controversy; he joined Augusta State after being removed from the University of Georgia’s golf team following multiple infractions, including two alcohol related offenses and alleged incidences of cheating and theft. After joining Augusta State, Reed was nearly removed from his second collegiate golf team, saved only by a team vote, though he was suspended for two tournaments. Reed’s strained family life is also a sore point for many golf fans, with Reed baring his family from attending any PGA event in which he is entered, major or minor, despite the Reed family living in the Augusta area. Asked if his win was bittersweet without his family in attendance, Reed offered only a generic, “I’m just here to play golf and win golf tournaments.”


When Reed and McIlroy walked to the first tee on Sunday, the roars were audibly stronger for the European than the semi-local. Asked if the fan reaction had an baring on Reed’s game, his caddy (and brother-in-law,) Kessler Karain, claimed Reed didn’t really let the crowd get to him, though Karain did note the crowd’s assumed bias. When asked his opinion on whether Rory seemed to be the favored golfer of the pairing, Karain stated: “I definitely feel that way. But that’s okay, because sometimes that’s motivating, too.”


Regardless of the crowd’s preference, Patrick Reed dug in and delivered the round of golf necessary to add a Masters title to his resume, and a green jacket to his wardrobe. In 2015, a poll of PGA golfers conducted by ESPN to determine the most hated player on tour ranked Patrick Reed second behind only Bubba Watson. But the 2018 Masters tournament wasn’t a popularity contest, and on the final leaderboard, Patrick Reed finished second to no one.

Patrick Reed 2018 Masters


Why does no one like this guy?