Masters runner-up Fowler - 'I'm ready to win'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 2:01
Woods closed with a flurry, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round and finishing at 1-over 289 for the tournament.
"Having to shoot under par in the final round to win my first major, it was awesome", Reed said.
For Fowler, the wait goes on.
"I made P. Reed earn it", Fowler said when it was over.
Finishing one shot behind Fowler was 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who closed with a spectacular 64, followed by Jon Rahm, the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world, while two-time champion Bubba Watson, five-time major victor Rory McIlroy and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson finished in a tie for fifth. But at the 3rd everything shifted when McIlroy missed a 10ft putt for par and Reed made one for birdie from half as far again.
"This is one of the greatest walks in all of golf", Woods said afterward. Patrick Reed, who won the Masters, moved up from No. 24 to No. 11. By the time the leader parred the ninth, Spieth was his closest challenger after turning in 31 and birdieing the 12th - a hole that had brought him so much pain in previous final rounds at Augusta.
Spieth thought it would be a nice, stress-free day out on the course. "I'm hitting good putts". I had my caddie remind me of that the entire week. Although he was far behind the leaders, he still provided some riveting moments on the final day as he scored his only eagle and almost aced another hole.
His tee shot on the 18th clipped the last branch in his way, dropping his ball some 267 yards from the green. It's the second-best performance on the par-5s in tournament history by a champion, trailing by one shot Raymond Floyd's effort in 1976, which also cleared his path to victory.
Phil Mickelson plodded to a 74 and was a staggering 21 shots behind going to the final day.
GETTYSpieth won the 2015 Masters – and has two other majors to his name
England's Paul Casey went one better with a 65 and he night have threatened Spieth's 64 but for a bogey-bogey finish.
"I felt I hit it well enough off the tee to do some things", the 42-year-old said after the round. It just caught the last little branch of that tree.
"I have sat back and watched the numerous and disgusting accusation his wife, mother-in-law and everyone now associated as his family have made. But it was a phenomenal day".
"It feels a lot different", Fowler said. "I'm ready to go". From 150 [yards] in, it was not very good, which isn't like him. Justin Thomas just never got comfortable on the greens. However, another golf fan we talked to says he was cheering for the man with local ties despite his reputation.
He showed his mettle by battling through a tough start Sunday - his first seven holes resulted in six pars and a bogey - but got things going with back-to-back birdies before making the turn.
Johnson and Spieth each shot 1-under 71 in the third round. I didn't quite do enough. "I like to give the underdog a chance".
"The run up to this event is pretty hard and pretty grueling", said Woods, who finished 12th, tied for second and tied for fifth in three tournaments on the Florida Swing. Rahm is 23. Patrick Reed, the new Masters champion, is 27.
Someone asked Fowler about his goals going forward.