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Fowler, Spieth make Reed earn his 1st major championship

11 Avril 2018

Not after he recovered from a shaky start - 1 over through 11 holes - by never flinching among a chorus of roars along the back nine at Augusta National.

"And he is the kind of person who - when he enters the final round of a major leading for the first time - spends all morning watching the sport's pundits analyze what's to come".

For Fowler, the wait goes on.

'It's nearly impossible to put into words, ' Reed said, moments before donning the green jacket for the first time. "I started the round nine shots back". "I've always thought he's a great player". His last major win is almost 4 years ago.

For the first time in 14 years, America has possession of all four major trophies and the warning from Jordan Spieth is that his Ryder Cup partner Patrick Reed's elevation to "the elite" will make him an even greater asset for the visiting team in Paris in September.

Fowler showed a new degree of competitive poise and gave his best major performance ever, finishing with a fearless and confidence-building birdie on the 72nd hole that left Reed no out.

He turned back an early move by Rory McIlroy and a late charge by Rickie Fowler.

Then came Jordan Spieth, who, despite taking the first-round lead, began Sunday nine strokes behind Reed. And he was once caught on the course chastising himself for a bad hole and using an anti-LGBT slur, saying: "Nice f--ing three-putt, you f--ing f--".

It's been a typically busy week but it's been profitable one and mainly thanks to Reed, who, as highlighted in the In-Play Blog, I backed after the opening round at [32.0]. As Spieth bogeyed 18th, Fowler hit a wedge for a second shot and it landed him a chance to birdie from seven feet.

The 40-year-old Englishman has ripped off four birdies and an eagle over five holes on the back side, pushing his score to 9 under for the final day. "I learned to finish rounds and tournaments by failing". I contend that it brought more athletes to the game.

Both players returned to the 18th tee for the sudden-death playoff, where Rose found the trees with his drive while Garcia found the fairway. "Go play. Be you.' I was able to stay in that mindset the entire week". "But it was a phenomenal day". Isn't it time to move on, to join the celebration for a new American major victor?

But Spieth, only 24, already has three major titles on his resume.

He's certainly had plenty of opportunities, most notably finishing in the top five of all four majors in 2014. The Australian had nine top-10s and five top-5s in majors before his breakthrough.

This one felt different than all the others.

The brand new Masters champion confused that he is very comfy about his previous and present profession - and his previous and present life. "His coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory, suspended him and warned him that his entire career was about to go up in smoke". Last month before playing Spieth, the No. 1 most popular player in the same poll, in the PGA's Match Play tournament last month and asked about his opponent, Reed said, jokingly, "I don't know, my back still hurts from the Ryder Cup", implying that he carried the US on his back with his strong play.

Fowler finished just a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed at Augusta National after weekend rounds of 65 and 67 were not enough to overcome a slow start.

So many anticipated a battle between Rory McIlroy and Reed in the final pairing on Sunday.

Woods is assured of moving back into the top 100 in the world, notable only because he was at No. 1,199 just over four months ago when he returned from yet another long layoff following a fourth back surgery. I pushed myself pretty hard to get ready.

"I gave it my all", he added.

But he refused to glance at any of the mammoth leader boards on the golf course. If you happen to get riled up, present it.

So one pairing later, when yet another young American star would stalk that green with a Masters green jacket in his sights, the band was sure to keep on playing.

"My next goal?" he said.

Fowler, Spieth make Reed earn his 1st major championship