Possibilities are evident for AU golf recruitment after Reed's Masters win

Reed shot a 2-under, 70, to finish at 15-under, one stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and two shots ahead of Jordan Spieth.

"Today was definitely probably the hardest mentally a round of golf could possibly be", said Reed, who posted a 15-under 273 total.

"I think that's the biggest thing going into a Sunday, especially trying to win, for me trying to win my first; for him, trying to win the career Grand Slam, it's who is going to handle the pressure and who is going to have more pressure on them".

Patrick Reed put together one of the most impressive Masters performances of the decade, defending his lead on the field through the weekend to notch his first career major win at Augusta National. "It was really satisfying". He had taken Spieth's best shot and Fowler's best shot, after Fowler got hot right before he made the turn, and into one of the wonderful golf clichés, the one about how the Masters doesn't start until the back nine on Sunday.

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. "For some reason, my eyes are -- I always want to know where I stand".

Patrick Reed could hear the storm coming. Fowler not only did not buckle under pressure, but deftly rode under the radar on day three, with a brilliant eagle on hole two, and an impressive five birdies to score a 65 on "moving day". He failed to get up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 second as McIlroy had a 4-foot eagle putt to tie for the lead.

McIlroy never looked to trouble Reed as he struggled to set up birdie putts, and those that he did wouldn't drop. He sank the comeback effort and pumped his fist in celebration.

Reed had flashed his vast talents before, especially under the pressure-cooker that is the Ryder Cup, but this is the first time he's put it all together on a major weekend. "I was glad to end the drought".

"I just didnt quite have it", the Northern Ireland star said.

"I don't know", replied Reed with a wry smile to being asked why he felt so many people seemed to be rooting against him in favour of a European.

"Tough day. But Ill be back". The US president Donald Trump was amongst those to offer public congratulations, as did Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth came hard for Patrick Reed Sunday at the Masters. Trump tweeted. "When Patrick had his awesome win at Doral 5 years ago, people saw his great talent, and a bright future ahead".

"I was surprised and I expected a lot more from Rory", former Open champion Duval said. Yes, there were those little fortunate moments that crop up time and again in majors - one day on a replay, that ball will slip from the bank on 13 and down into Rae's Creek - but Reed earned this, by always putting himself on the front foot and never once forgetting to be fearless.

But Spieth, with a chance to equal the record low round, slipped up on the 18th hole and instead bogeyed.

Woods last played the event in 2015.

Three of the world's best golfers blamed putting woes for being mostly stagnant on Moving Day at the Masters on Saturday.

Woods closed with a flurry, recording a 3-under 69 in the final round at the Masters. "I put the clubs in the closet and just kind of get away". "All in all, a bittersweet ending".

He has finished top 5 and top 10 once before, and finished second in the PGA Championship previous year, but he managed to secure victory in Augusta, Georgia.

"I really missed it", Woods said.

  • Stacy Allen