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We have a winner! Patrick “Captain America” Reed wins The 2018 Masters

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Despite Reed starting with a 3-stroke lead and ultimately winning the event, golfers in contention gave viewers and patrons everything they wanted at the 2018 Masters. Birdies began to happen at the 10th hole for Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Cameron Smith… pretty much everyone except the two leaders. In another time wrinkle, Jordan Spieth came from the leader board’s third page, shooting a front-nine 31. He kept the fire going on the back-nine, and he nearly set the Masters final round scoring record, only to give a reprise of his 18th hole tee shot on Thursday and finish oh so close. In the end, Fowler’s 67 and closing-hole birdie was enough to put the ultimate pressure on Patrick Reed, but Captain America did not falter.

Patrick Reed’s Winning WITB from The 2018 Masters

The man from Augusta University (nee Augusta State) came into round 4 with everything to prove and everything to lose. Having never walked the final fairways of a major in contention, Reed wanted to silence those who doubted him, those who expected Rory McIlroy to complete the career grand slam on this 8th day of April. The overnight leader started slowly, with bogey at the first hole. When he failed to birdie the par-5 second hole, whispers of uncertainty echoed around Augusta National and televisions everywhere. Undaunted, Reed made a fortunate birdie from off the green at the third hole, to return to even on the day. When he played his approach to hole No. 7 to perfection, using the slope to draw his ball back to inches for another birdie, his game face was firmly planted.

Good thing, because Jon Rahm had moved into double figures-under par, and McIlroy was hanging around, despite a balky putter. The day would not go well at all for Rory, as he gave strokes back to par and finished in a 4-way tie for 5th, at 9-under par. As for Rahm, he was in the thick of the matter until his second to the 15th came back off the fringe, into the pond. The emotions he had kept in check all day were released, and he ended in 4th spot alone, at 11-under.

Much like Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler made few waves with his front nine. The man in orange countered a bogey at 5 with birdies at 8 and 9, to reach the turn within sight of the leader. The magic began to happen for Fowler on Golden Bell, the treacherous par three that traverses Rae’s Creek. The center of Amen Corner surrendered the first of four, back-nine birdies for Fowler, who made zero bogeys on the inward half. With a short putt for 3 at the last, he moved ahead of Spieth (-13) into the clubhouse lead at 14-under par.

Two shots defined the conclusion of the 2018 Masters.

On 13, Reed’s approach to the par five came up short of the green, but did not descend into the creek. He was able to pitch on, then two-putt for par. Rather than taking a penalty stroke and being forced to pitch and putt for par, Reed’s conclusion to the hole was much more tranquil.

The second was Spieth’s drive down the 18th hallway. Lightning struck a second time, as Spieth again clipped a left-side tree and watched as his ball dropped straight down, not even to the fairway. Faced with 315 yards to the green, he could do little more than hope to get up and down for par. His wedge third shot gave him a chance at par, but he missed the putt that Reed would later make to win. Spieth finished solo third at 13-under, with Fowler one ahead at 14-under.

What does the green jacket mean for Patrick Reed? For starters, it gives him great confidence as an individual player, rather than just a Ryder Cup Team titan. In addition, as if he needed any more potency as a national team member, he now represents the USA in France as a major champion, in addition to his international caps.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. A. Commoner

    Apr 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    What the devil is going on here?

  2. Walt Pendleton

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Let those without mistakes in their lives throw the first stone at other’s success! Your negative opinions, regarding another player, identify you as a bunch of whining, condescending, dillie-dillie spectators of the game and not players! Golf would be better off if you just crawled back under the rock you came from!

    • No Playing Duck

      Apr 9, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Once a player is labeled a cheat, real players will never respect him. This guy cheated in college and he will never be respected by people that know and play golf well.

  3. BallBuster

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Should have been three “shot defined the conclusion of the 2018 Masters”. Reed’s first putt on 17 from a mile away from off the green was rolling by the hole like it’s the Daytona 500 and going into likely 3 jack territory when it caught the lip, bounced up a bit, and still went 5 or 6 feet past. He made that to hang on to a 2 stroke lead… which Fowler erased one of them on 18 for some drama at the wire. That was critical as things can add up quickly coming down the stretch and often a little fortunate break is huge.

    • George

      Apr 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      So it hit the cup and did not roll off the green every winner has some luck,Take Tiger several years ago ball lanced behind a 2 ton rook but he got a bunch of guy’s to move it, removable pebble

  4. Bill

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I can’t stand how the anti- Augusta rhetoric comes out because Reed wins. If Spieth won again we would marvel at his superiority, yet Reed wins and The Masters shouldn’t be a major. Reed is a quality player who hadn’t yet broken through. If you don’t want to see new winners, I’m not sure why you watch golf.

    • Vincent Donahue

      Apr 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      I agree completely with you Bill. It’s so irritating when one of the fair haired boys doesn’t win some fans turn away from congratulating the winner. I like Rory, Ricky and Jordan but I was thrilled Patrick Reed won!

    • George

      Apr 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      Patrick and his family don’t get along he had them removed from course back several years ago and a lot of people think he is an A– Hole for doing that

  5. Illin'

    Apr 9, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Eldrick is a total d1ck but people love him. Why? Reed is a decent dude who’s a bit intense. If only these posts would indicate the race and background of the commenters lol

  6. Mike Trotter

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Well done Reed. I’m curious though as to why the Augusta crowd didn’t take to him whereas the appreciation for Rory, Ricky, and Jordan was much greater. What has he done to upset the gallery?

    • stan

      Apr 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

      The gawking spectators always suck up to the top ranked players… it’s part of their delusional existence trying to play golf.

    • The Truth

      Apr 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Ummmm hes arrogant and thinks hes top 5 in the world be humble Fatrick . ????????????????.

    • Rob

      Apr 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      He is a tool bag. He hasn’t spoken to his family since like 2012…

  7. Chuck Barkley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Oh, and Fatrick Reed’s caddie/brother in-law with “zero experience” was the difference in Rory’s loss, I suppose?

    • The Truth

      Apr 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Lol i thought i was the only one that called him Fatrick ????????????

  8. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    One thing is for sure, Rory McIlroy needs to find a professional caddie. Having your beer buddy hauling your clubs around is not a good idea when you are trying to win tournaments and trying to achieve the career Grand Slam. He gave it to Reed, specially on the greens.

  9. Chuck Barkley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I agree to agree. Thank you Bob Parson Jr. for your observation.

  10. youraway

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I think we have a great champion, and fantastic and exciting Masters!

  11. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    A very unremarkable champion for a very unremarkable tournament. The Masters is not a true Major Championship, but more like an exhibition. The Players Championship is a a Major Championship, not this.

    Common folks can’t get tickets, barely any minority members, antiquated rules about fan appreciation, second cut not rough, small field by invitation only, come on people, that’s not what a Major Championship is supposed to be.

    Let the trailer park trash celebrate their new champion, chicken wings and beer on the house.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      “A very unremarkable champion for a very unremarkable tournament.”
      –International team success now major champion. Masters finds a way to keep course fair and challenging every year…Disagree

      “The Masters is not a true Major Championship, but more like an exhibition. The Players Championship is a a Major Championship, not this.”
      –Need a better definition of what line delineates major from non-major. Players Championship is the true championship of the PGA Tour, but is not a historic major…Agree/Disagree

      “Common folks can’t get tickets, barely any minority members, antiquated rules about fan appreciation, second cut not rough, small field by invitation only, come on people, that’s not what a Major Championship is supposed to be.”
      –Tennis plays its 4 major championships on 4 different surfaces. Golf utilizes a variety of course types, but only one returns to the same place each year. Not by invitation, but by qualification. Green surfaces so fast and undulating that anything above 2 inches of rough will cause scores in the mid to high 70s. Common folks can’t go to Super Bowl, Final four, etc. …Disagree

      “Let the trailer park trash celebrate their new champion, chicken wings and beer on the house”
      -This is entirely offensive. You need to be a better man than this.

      • Bob Parson Jr.

        Apr 8, 2018 at 10:35 pm

        We will have to agree to disagree. I’m standing by my comments, but I also respect your opinion. You live in NY, you don’t know what is to live in Georgia, I do. Let me put it to you this way, Bobby Jones is no hero of the Civil Rights movement, on the contrary, Bobby Jones and McKenzie were two of the biggest racists to ever walk the grounds of Augusta, Georgia.

        Lots of things have gone wrong in Augusta for decades. In reality, the Masters is a reminder to Georgians of a past that continues to manifest itself in the present.

        I apologize if I offended you, but the Masters is a disgraceful tournament with a disgraceful past, and a more disgraceful present.

        • stan

          Apr 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm

          Last May a bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from New Orleans.
          Perhaps Augusta National should be plowed under based on it’s past politically incorrect history.

          • Bob Parson Jr.

            Apr 8, 2018 at 11:07 pm

            Not at all, but to deny the past is to ignore the present.

            • stan

              Apr 9, 2018 at 12:44 am

              I don’t give a flying fig about historical injustices. I have enough problems in the present and I reject being punished for past sins centuries ago. 😛

          • Bob Parson Jr.

            Apr 8, 2018 at 11:16 pm

            Politically Incorrect history? Wow, nice oversimplification. At least is nice to know where you stand.

            • stan

              Apr 9, 2018 at 12:46 am

              You go bleed over historical injustices. I reject any guilt loaded on me by self-loathing extremists anarchists.

              • Birdswing Golfer

                Apr 9, 2018 at 3:52 am

                I always found it amusing that a tournament build by racists in a confederate state was called the masters though!

    • Vincent Donahue

      Apr 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      I disagree. Ask most professional golfers if they could only win one major, a majority would choose the Masters. You sound like someone who has been snubbed by ANGC or the tournament. You sure don’t sound like a common folk with your snide commments about trailer trash!

    • Vincent Donahue

      Apr 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      I disagree completely. Many tour players when asked which major they would want to win if they could only win one, it would be the Masters. The most difficult of the four majors to win. You sure don’t sound like common folk with your trailer trash comments. You are absolutely correct about Rory’s caddie. He needs a very seasoned pro.

    • jeffrey monnich

      Apr 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      I love the TPC course you have to be so precise Augusta fairways are way too wide except for 18, right Jordan.

  12. Birdswing Golfer

    Apr 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Well done

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, were, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures, and have WITB looks at Matt Jones and Roberto Diaz, in addition to a general gallery from the TPC Louisiana range.

Let’s dig in.

Matt Jones doesn’t need his name embroidered on his headcovers: tape and a marker will do just fine, thanks

Last week, Faaaabel the Goat. This week, someone who would eat Faaabel

Roberto Diaz: Brand agnostic

Wesley Bryan’s Taco Bell(t) lives

Homemade putting aid or soon to be seen on a Golf Channel infomercial (or both)?

UDI with a side of lead

Shaft bags: Assemble!

Roberto Diaz Fourteen RM wedge

What more do you need in life?

A bouquet of Circle T putter covers

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

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Tour Rundown: Moriya Jutanugarn and Andrew Landry win their first titles

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It was a week of firsts on two of the world’s major professional tours. Moriya Jutanugarn claimed her first LPGA title in an impressive manner, while 2016 U.S. Open surprise Andrew Landry seized control in Houston to inscribe his name on the winner’s trophy for an initial time. Elsewhere, a pair of underdogs upset the favorites at the Champions Tour’s Missouri affair, while two veterans added additional titles to their resumes in Europe and on the Web.Com tour. It’s an interesting brew in this week’s cauldron, so let’s give it a stir and see what we taste in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Landry holds off resurgent trio to claim Houston Open

Andrew Landry led that U.S. Open at Oakmont after day one, and hung around the top of the leader board until the fourth day. When his name resurfaced at this week’s Tour stop, few were certain he could hold off a resurgent Zach Johnson, the two-time major winner. Well, few other than Zach Johnson thought Landry might pull it off.

How Landry locked in

From the 10th hole on Friday, through the same hole on Sunday, Landry made zero bogeys. He had 13 birdies in that stretch, on a course that gives a few up, but not in buckets. That 36 hole run of brilliance, including birdies on Sunday’s first three holes, staked Landry to an advantage that he would not relinquish. For the entire week, only four bogeys dotted his scorecards, and two of those came on Thursday. Landry’s putter was hot all week, and his driving game was laser-accurate. The sum total: welcome to the winner’s circle, Mr. Landry.

Click here to see the clubs Landry used to win the 2018 Valero Texas Open

Who made a run?

It wasn’t Johnson. Iowa’s favorite son hasn’t won since the 2015 British Open, although his game has shown its old fire of late. Johnson couldn’t find a groove on day 4, making as many bogeys in that round as Landry did all week. In the end, Johnson had a top-5 finish, amid signs that another victory may not be far in the offing. Sean O’Hair had the low round (66) of the day, and that magic was enough to boost him to a second-place tie with young Trey Mullinax, who followed a Saturday 62 with a notable 69 to rock steady. Jimmy Walker, finally recovered from a bout of illness, had the day’s 2nd-lowest score of 67, and he moved all the way to 4th spot.

Mighty Moriya holds off Korean trio for first tour title

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand has been close before. She has seen little sister Ariya hoist victory awards before. On Sunday, it was her turn. Jutanugarn and Marina Alex were two of the leader with no title to their credit, heading into the closing 18 holes. While the key to victory still eludes the young American, it was Jutanugarn’s turn to triumph.

What Moriya discovered on Sunday

Actually, she dug deepest on Saturday. The older sibling opened round three with a double bogey, stood 3-over on the day after six holes, and appeared to be sinking. The ship’s wheel steadied with two birdies and hole-out eagle coming home, and then it began the final day with four birdies and no bogeys in the first 15 holes. A late bogey served only to add faux drama, as Jutanugarn calmly closed the deal for victory the first.

Park, Young and Yeon can’t win this case

Reading a bit like a law firm, Inbee Park, Jin Young Ko and So Yeon Ryu made their runs at Moriya. Inbee had a bogey at the turn, and needed perfection on Sunday. She didn’t get it, so a tie for second was in the offing. Ko might have had the best opportunity at day’s start, but a 2-over outward nine took her too far off pace for a 3-under inward half, to provide recovery. She also came second, at 10-under. Ryu put an opening bogey behind with four birdies through 12 holes, but could not go deeper over the closing stretch. Her fourth-place finish was her best of 2018.

Levy wins for third consecutive year on European Tour

France’s Alexander Levy nearly has a five-year win streak. His first two tour titles came in 2014. He skipped 2015, but hasn’t missed in the subsequent years. His work in Morocco this week added up to a one-shot win over a literal blast from the past, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros. Eight golfers finished within three strokes of the top spot, adding drama to the finish at Royal Dar-Es-Salaam.

Nothing spectacular leads Levy to win

There were no great streaks of brilliance, no runs of multiple birdies, for the 28-year old. All that he did, efficiently, was make enough birdies to stay ahead of his pursuers. After bogey at the antepenultimate hole on Sunday, Levy responded with a dart at the par-three 17th, to re-establish his lead. The win was the fifth of his career.

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Oh so close for Oh so many

Let’s begin with Quiros. The Spaniard, compared with Dustin Johnson (for his length off the tee) in his early years, has been adrift. Sunday was his best chance in forever to secure a tour title. His first 16 holes were a tangle of bogeys and a pair of birdies. The Iberian closed admirably, with birdies at the final pair, to claim solo second, one back of Levy. Also close were Mikko Illonen (tied for third with three others at 7-under) and England’s Andy Sullivan, one more back at 6-under, in a tie for seventh.

Two more for the road: Axley wins on Web, while Broadhurst/Triplett claim Legends

Eric Axley would have preferred to win his 3rd professional event in glorious fashion. He’ll take a rain-shortened title at the North Mississippi Classic, his second career Web.Com title and his first title of any sort in 12 years. Waaaay back in 2006, Axley won the very same Houston Open (see above) contested this week on the PGA Tour, and a bit of success was predicted for the left-hander. Success, as we know, doesn’t come to all hands, and Axley was able to birdie his final two holes on Saturday to stake a one-shot advantage. Tied for second were the USA’s Willy Wilcox, Columbia’s Sebastian Munoz, and Korea’s K.H. Lee.

Triplett and Broadhurst birdie 1st playoff hole for victory

The rules for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf are slightly simpler than those of field hockey, which means that they aren’t very simple. Both courses in use boast par-3 holes alone, but each has a different number of holes, so numbers on the scoreboard are meaningless. With the two Spaniards (Olazabal and Jimenez), the defending champs (Franco and Singh) and two major champions (Lehman and Langer) in the mix, the undervalued pairing of Kirk Triplett (he of the hat) and Paul Broadhurst (he of the …) were not anyone’s favorites to emerge. And here we are.

No one seemed bent on making any heroic moves on Sunday, so it came down to which teams would find their way. Lehman/Langer joined the eventual winners at the 9th hole. Triplett played the hole to perfection: tee shot into bunker, bunker shot into hole, thank you very much. No birdie putts were holed, and the title belonged to the unlikely pairing of Kirk and Paul.

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