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The 2018 Masters Tournament is in the books, and 27-year-old Patrick Reed earned himself a green jacket. It was the first major championship of Reed’s career on the PGA Tour.
CBS shared the par putt on the 18th that ended Reed’s weekend at -15 and sealed the victory:
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“Captain America captures Augusta!” Patrick Reed is a Masters Champion. https://t.co/7LILwZEQ2V
The first major is a life-changer for a golfer, in more ways than one. Among those, of course, is the amount of prize money.
Prior to Sunday, the biggest prize Reed had won was $ 1,530,000 from both the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship and the 2016 The Barclays. The average purse from his five career wins was $ 1,236,000.
This weekend, he hauled in nearly $ 1,980,000. The rest of the top eight made the following:
- 1st: Patrick Reed ($ 1,980,000)
- 2nd: Rickie Fowler ($ 1,180,000)
- 3rd: Jordan Spieth ($ 748,000)
- 4th: John Rahm ($ 528,000)
- 5th: Cameron Smith, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy ($ 356,000)
The Top Three
Reed is the story of the day, but Jordan Spieth nearly made history in trying to steal the spotlight. Spieth started the day nine strokes back of Reed, eventually pulled into a tie and finished in third place at -13.
He even drew an “Are you kidding me?” out of himself following this massive putt on 16, seen here on the PGA Tour’s Twitter account:
Spieth’s furious rally came to a crashing halt on the final hole, though. With seemingly all the momentum the tournament had to offer, Spieth clipped a tree on his drive on 18. His ensuing shot from the rough gave him a shot to salvage the hole, but a two-putt bogey made him a long shot for the win.
Despite the late stumble, his final scorecard, shared by the Tour, is more than impressive:
According to Mike McAllister, Spieth’s 64 tied six others for the record for lowest score in a final round at The Masters.
Meanwhile, as Spieth captured the attention of golf fans all over the world, Rickie Fowler quietly worked his way up the leaderboard. Fowler’s 67 on Sunday earned him a second-place finish, his fourth in major championships.
His birdie on 18, shared by CBS Sports, not only put the pressure on Reed to par the final hole, it moved him one stroke ahead of Spieth:
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Huge putt by Rickie Fowler on the 18th hole! He ends the round one shot behind Patrick Reed. #themasters https://t.co/vpfPaBhnR2
Then there was Reed. His 71 on Sunday was his highest score of the tournament, but he seemed to come up big every time he needed to.
As the gallery could be heard erupting for Spieth on what had to feel like every hole, Reed stepped up over and over and hit the putts he had to.
At the peak of Spieth’s comeback, Reed drilled this birdie on 12, shared by the PGA:
There weren’t as many fist-pounding moments for Reed on Sunday, but he did his work earlier in the tournament and was able to withstand a rally for the ages.
Spieth jumped up six spots on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only big mover on Sunday. Cameron Smith’s 66 moved him up seven spots. Paul Casey jumped 15 spots to 15th with a 65. Tiger Woods‘ 69 was his first subpar round of the tournament, moving him up eight spots to 32nd.
Woods’ eagle on 15, shared by The Masters, was the highlight of the weekend for him:
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.@TigerWoods records his first eagle of the Tournament on No. 15 in the final round of #themasters. https://t.co/ykAqxyNo7F
“I was referring to earlier that for a couple of years I’ve just been coming here just to eat,” Woods said Sunday, per Alec Brzezinski of The Sporting News. “And now to be able to play this golf course and to be able to tee it up and play in the Masters, this is one of the greatest walks in all of golf. And I had missed it for the last couple of years, I hadn’t been able to play in it. So now I’m glad I’m competing in this Tournament.”
Other big moments from Sunday included a hole-in-one from Charley Hoffman, shared by The Masters, and a six-birdie streak from Tony Finau.