Patrick Reed catapults to No. 1 in United States of America standings after Masters win

Rory McIlroy

"He's always been a fighter", Rickie Fowler said after his third runner-up finish in a major.

The mood all afternoon screamed out, "Anyone but Patrick". That was up 14% from the 7.6 rating for the Masters' final round previous year, when hard-luck Sergio Garcia captured his first championship. "It was going to be tough, anytime trying to close off a golf tournament is really tough".

The name has changed a few times since Patrick Reed stepped foot here at Augusta University, but the greens where he hit some of his best collegiate shots have not.

From there, he chipped in from 80 feet.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were among the favorites coming into the week, but neither made a move on Moving Day. I expect myself to go out and win.

The applause, however, sounded more like acceptance than celebration.

Reed is regarded as one of the most polarising players on Tour. His parents still live in the area but he has been estranged from them for several years and was described by his sister Hannah as a "selfish, frightful stranger" in 2016. And they had a similar culprit: The putter, arguably the most important club on Augusta National's treacherous greens.

Danny Willett wasn't the patron's choice in 2016 when he took advantage of Spieth's misfortunes at the 12th hole. He was the best golfer over four days. Reed helped lead the men's golf team to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011.

Reed and McIlroy, in particular, are bitter rivals.

Spieth almost matched Reed success on the par 5s last week, earning a 6.95 strokes gained advantage on those four holes, even though he made a double bogey in the second round and a bogey in the third round on the 575-yard second hole. He was one swing away from the lowest final round and perhaps the greatest comeback in Masters history.

Speaking of Singh, he shot an ugly 79 that put him in the first group of the final round. The first two rounds will be played at another course in Augusta, Champions Retreat.

At the very end he had to stand up big against Rickie Fowler, who has finished second in majors before, and who had made that birdie on 18, something hardly anybody ever does in the heat, to make Reed make the short par putt that he needed to make to become a major champion.

Caddie love Who is Justine Reed? "Everyone knows you have it physically with the talent".

He had it all, except the affection that appears to be harder to find than the wide fairways of Augusta National. Reed is one of them, a 27-year-old Texan with a chip on his shoulder and a Green Jacket in his wardrobe. Reed also doesn't buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him, a notion McIlroy quickly suggested. I don't know if you get any money for being there from the turn many Braga and sponsorships and stuff like that but Soviet Tiger Woods. He doesn't have regular partners for practice. "His coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory, suspended him and warned him that his entire career was about to go up in smoke".

And yes, he has flaws. At that point, Larry Diamond, whose folks happen to be good friends of the family, asked if it were acceptable for parents to come watch It, brought the predictable Bronx cheers from guys and a stern reprimand from Bruce who never raised his voice.

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