Congratulations to Patrick Reed for winning The 2018 Masters and his first Major. At the beginning of the day, I had predicted he would not shoot very low and his lead was poach-able. However, I did not see Rickie Fowler or Jordan Spieth making the run they did forcing Reed to be clutch down the stretch. I have to say, this was one of the most exciting Sunday I have see at The Masters for Years!
The number of players in read numbers today was crazy. Starting with Phil Mickelson shooting a -5 to get the ball rolling was a little too late, but he showed the field that Augusta National was ripe for the picking. Following Mickelson was Brandon Grace 67, Web Simpson 67, Russel Henry 67, Paul Casey 65, Charley Hoffman 67 (with an ace on the 16th hole), Tony Finau 66 (with one bum ankle), Cameron Smith 66 (a new kid pointed out to me by friend Peter Ashurst before his low round ), Jordan Spieth 64, and Rickie Fowler 67. I mean come on! These scores are crazy low for the final day at The Masters. Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth looked like they were going to tie the course record of 63 held by Nick Price and Greg Norman, but unfortunately fell short at the end.
I was constantly amazed by the approach shots of most players. They took every opportunity to capitalize on Sunday and were rewarded with low scores. It was obvious when a player made a poor shot because it cost them a stroke to the field and they knew it. The most obvious was Rory McIlroy missing his short eagle putt on the 2nd hole. That was the shot the defined his game. He never seemed to recover.
After Rickie Fowler’s bogey on the 5th hole, I called him out of the tournament. However, this foolish step on my part was countered by his 6 birdies in 13 holes. He was on a mission and almost completed the fantastic comeback. Congrats to Rickie Fowler for finishing in the top 5, again!
The real star of the final round had to be Patrick Reed. As I stated before, I thought he talked too much and played too little. Now that he won his first Major, greater expectations of his play is warranted. We always knew he was a fantastic Match Play player, however with The Masters under his belt, it is time to join the uber-elite players in professional golf. The way Reed made the required shot at the right time repelled all comers. However, his break on 13, where his ball stay out of Ray’s Creek, is the type of luck all Masters’ Champions need in order to win the green jacket.
I was riveted to the TV during the entire round. I found the play to be stellar and fitting of the first Major of 2018. Patrick Reed played very well over the weekend and is deserving to wear the green jacket. He actually won the championship against the world’s best. We could not have written a better finish and the real winners were the fans.
I will leave you with one parting thought:
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!