Reed's defense of Masters title starts early

Chris Wood and John Morgan believe Rory Mc Ilroy will win the Masters this weekend to complete the career Grand Slam

Chris Wood and John Morgan believe Rory Mc Ilroy will win the Masters this weekend to complete the career Grand Slam

Perhaps the final round was leisurely, but only for a few holes.

That's what did on Sunday at Augusta National.

McIlroy claims progress as this was the first time in seven years he had appeared in the final group on the Sunday.

For Reed, golfing is a family affair.

Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates making a putt for birdie on the 12th hole during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in... Exorcising his demons of 2016, Spieth sank the birdie putt to a chorus of roars, and pumped his fist.

Reed is hardly a gallery favourite, even in Augusta where he went to university, but he is unlikely to shed any tears over popularity contests. He missed the eight-footer for eagle, but tapped in for birdie and now only trailed by two.

Reed's approach at the par-5 13th clung to a bank above Rae's Creek, his title bid nestled with it, but he escaped with par to stay deadlocked with Spieth for the lead at 14-under. Jack Nicklaus drained his famous putt in 1975 en-route to victory over Johnny Miller and Tom Wieskopf, and almost aced the hole in 1986 during a late Sunday charge.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to watch the tournament from Augusta, but thankfully we've been able to see reports of just how massive the merchandise offering, which is now held in a space twice as big as previous years, was. Running out of holes, Spieth needed his own bit of magic at the sixteenth.

"I think I've proven to myself and to others that you never give up", Spieth said.

He was tied for the lead. Golf is indeed in a good place and Reed
looks set to play a big part in an exciting future for the sport.

The 2018 US Masters won by Patrick Reed did not end with a seismic shift in the golfing landscape but instead served as a reminder of how evenly matched the world's top players are in an era where Tiger Woods' dominance is a thing of the past. With two holes to play, it appeared that those records would be rewritten. Woods, a four-time Masters champion, failed to deliver on promise showed in two top-5 tuneup finishes but said he was glad to be back.

After the final putt disappeared into the cup, Rickie Fowler waited outside the scoring room at Augusta National.

McIlroy's last Major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship but, at 28, he will have plenty more chances to win the Masters.

Reed is regarded as one of the most polarising players on Tour.

A month ago, at Bay Hill, the 27-year-old Reed wasn't given relief by an official after hitting a shot in the bushes.

American Charley Hoffman aced the par-3 16th with a 6-iron, the 20th time the hole has surrendered a hole-in-one.

Woods is only six tournaments into his comeback from injury and while he was unable to display the type of form that had him touted as one of the favorites this year, he remains upbeat for what lies ahead.

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