Looking Back on the 2018 Masters Tournament: 27-Year-Old American Patrick Reed Wins it All at Augusta

All eyes were on Augusta National this past weekend as golf’s best players traveled to Georgia for the Masters. Many storylines accompanied the first major of the season and, in true Masters fashion, it came down to the very last hole of the tournament.

For the fourth time in a row, the fabled green jacket was bestowed upon a first-time major champion. Patrick Reed, a 27-year-old up-and-comer on the tour, has shown in the past that he keeps cool under pressure.

After solid play throughout the first three rounds, Reed held a three stroke lead heading into Sunday.  Reed withstood spirited pushes by several competitors, including Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, en route to a one stroke victory sealed by a two-putt par on the 18th green.

Reed’s solid play was a hot topic  throughout the weekend, but many were also watching to see how Tiger Woods would fare in his highly anticipated Masters return.

Woods carded an impressive +1 in the first round, but struggled to stay at that score. Though the four-time Masters champion’s second and third scorecards were not awful, Woods was clearly laboring for his life. Woods seemed much calmer during his final round 69, and his +1 finish was an encouraging sign of his prolonged recovery from the dark abyss.

This Masters also represents yet another year in which Rory McIlroy has come up just short of completing his career grand slam.  McIlroy entered Sunday at -11, just three behind of the leader Reed.

However, after missing what would prove to be a momentum-shifting eagle putt on the second hole, Rory simply never managed to regain the rhythm that had carried him through the first three rounds. Still, McIlroy finished at a very respectable -9.

Not everyone experienced as much success in Augusta this year. Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters champion, missed the cut after being +15 through two rounds.

Perhaps most shocking, though, was Garcia’s 13 on the par-5 15th hole.  Sergio managed to lose five balls in the water en route to the worst score on that hole in the history of the Masters.

As previously mentioned, there was significant competition for the green jacket this Sunday.  With so many big names turning in solid performances, it bodes quite well for the rest of the FedEx Cup season.

Young players such as Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau showed promising flashes during this tournament, so it will be interesting to see whether or not they can carry this momentum into upcoming majors, the next of which is the U.S. Open Championship in June.

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