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Reed staves off Spieth challenge to win Masters

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When Tiger Woods had his head down on No. 12 he wasn’t looking for his ball. He knew it had landed in the water part of a round of 75 that left

McIlroy equalled his lowest round at the Masters with a bogey-free 65 to trail Reed by three shots heading into the final round at Augusta National.

McIlroy made six pars in a row after that, but nailed down his spot in the final twosome with a 16-foot birdie putt at No. 15 and a 17-footer for birdie at No. 18.

But Reeds made no mistake on the last, securing the par he needed to win the tournament and his first major. But he's a member of the Masters club now, he'll have a green jacket forever.

Patrick Reed is clinging to a one-stroke lead over Spieth in a thrilling final round at the Masters. He said his belief that he will do it was enhanced by this past week "100 percent". I'm hitting them where I want to.

Fowler made quite a run at his first major title, making six birdies over the final 11 holes for a closing 67. He hit a 30-foot putt for a birdie on 12 moments after Spieth had tied the lead.

Spieth, who also put the ball into the water on No. 12 in last year's final round, landed Sunday's tee shot on the fringe of the green, then raised his arms in triumph and high-fived his caddie, Michael Greller.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy can capture his fifth major title and his first green jacket to complete the career Slam, at least one win in each of the four major championships. He sank the comeback effort and pumped his fist in celebration.

Four-time Masters champ Tiger Woods, appearing here for the first time in three years following a series of back surgeries, had his best round of the week with a 69 on Sunday that left him 1 over for the tournament, tied for 32nd. "I was glad to end the drought". Spieth shot 64, which included a last-hole bogey, and was two back. "But the fans to the right definitely let me know as it was tracking and I was fortunate enough, it was right in the middle".

"I'm really excited to show everyone what I've got, to show Patrick Reed what I've got and all the pressure is on him".

"If felt like I was back at home, back at school". Reed prevailed on the 18th hole in a rare USA victory at the Ryder Cup.

"It was huge, especially with Rickie and Rory", Reed said. One shot behind him is Spanish sensation Jon Rahm who seems to know no other way to play than to fire at every pin.

Despite five PGA Tour victories, a stellar Ryder Cup record, and finishing runner-up at the most recent major, the PGA Championship, Reed never featured in discussions about who is the best player without a major win.

But it was also the Par 5 No. 13 where he caught his most important break. Some missed putts took McIlroy out of contention before he made it to the back nine as Spieth continued to birdie on some of the most hard holes the pristine course has to offer.

He had supporters from school there, and his time playing at Augusta National annually helped him navigate the tricky hills and clear the treacherous waters. Charley Hoffman took a 7-iron that barely carried the bunker next to the hole, bounced right - and trickled in.

Paul Casey has bogeyed the last two holes at the Masters to miss out on the course record. "But really, I'm just going to do my thing and stick to my game plan and go out and enjoy my Sunday". "All in all it was a bittersweet ending".

It comes 18 months after their epic Ryer Cup singles match at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., when Reed birdied the 18th hole to win 1-up and set the tone for the US victory over Europe.

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