Reed: 'patrons cheering for Rory fuelled my fire'

Reed: 'patrons cheering for Rory fuelled my fire'

Whether it be mindset, I don't know?. the last four years I've had top-10s but I haven't been close enough to the lead. But it was Reed who got the final cheers when he calmly sank a 3-footer on the 18th green for a final round 71 to win by a shot over Fowler and two over Spieth.

Rory McIlroy's performance on the final day of the 2018 Augusta Masters won't be forgotten for quite some time.

Reed's approach at the par-5 13th clung to a bank above Rae's Creek, his title bid nestled with it, but he escaped with par to stay deadlocked with Spieth for the lead at 14-under. What he heard Sunday: "McIlroy, McIlroy, McIlroy". Instead it was the dogged par at the 17th that drew an exasperated sigh of relief from the 27-year-old American. "It just shows that we have the facilities here at Augusta University to produce great players". "I am who I am". It was a never blinking when others were charging at him Patrick Reed. Thirteen percent said yes, about 44 percent said no and the rest were indifferent.

The young American is far from the best to ever don the green jacket, but he may be just about the luckiest.

How did Reed engender this sort of antipathy? Reed and Augusta State went on to win two national titles. Is it his personality?

It is absolutely great having Tiger back.

"Glad I at least made the last one, make him earn it", Fowler said with a grin as he waited to greet the newest major champion.

Patrick Reed has the legendary green jacket and deservedly so after dodging the slings and arrows of final round fortune amid the lovely azaleas and treacherous greens of the Augusta National.

Patrick Reed got some laughs a few years back when he declared himself a top five player, with little on his resume to back it up.

Reed's attitude down the years has certainly rubbed some people the wrong way, and his victory, while coveted, will likely come at a cost, namely a loss of privacy.

They pick Rory. They cheer for Rory. That's a notion Reed doesn't exactly buy. Deep down, we all want to be loved.

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Patrick Reed holds the championship trophy after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.

There are stories on both sides, some supporting Patrick and some his parents.

Shipnuck used the post-Masters press conference as an opportunity to ask Reed about the falling out, asking if it was bittersweet not to have parents and sister at Augusta with him for his big moment.

It was Reed's day, however.

So much for good ol' Team USA's camaraderie, though Fowler was classy in defeat, waiting for Reed at the front door of the scoring room to offer a polite golf clap and handshake.

"[Sunday] was definitely the hardest mentally a round of golf could possibly be". He knew he had been part of what might have been the most electrifying singles match in Ryder Cup history.

It seems hard to imagine, but there is precedent.

There was also a heated back and forth on social media in late 2016 between Justine and Reed's family. But Nicklaus morphed over time into a respected and finally adored elder statesman of the game. "But overall I'm five or six tournaments into it, to be able to compete out here and to score like I did, it feels good". He returned the last two years for the champions' dinner, but didn't get on the course.

The loudest cheers were for everyone else, and Reed picked up on that right away. First impressions are lasting impressions.

Different about this victory for Reed was the fuchsia shirt he wore as part of a Nike script. Reed always wears black trousers and a red shirt because that's what Tiger Woods does, and Reed has long modeled his mental game after Woods.

Winning changes a lot of attitudes.

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