Former Georgia golfer Patrick Reed wins Masters, earning first-career green jacket

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Woods had two birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the back nine.

"This is one of the greatest walks in all of golf", Woods said afterward.

"It won't be quite as intense as that Ryder Cup match, I don't think", McIlroy said, alluding to the partisan and at times rude nature of cheers rarely found at Augusta National.

While there was consolation the former world number one would likely crack the top-100 in Monday's world rankings - after falling beyond 1 000 during his long layoff - the electrifying show many expected after two top-five finishes in March tune-up events never materialised.

Prior to last year's second-place finish at the PGA Championship, Reed, a five-time victor on the PGA Tour, had no top-10 finishes in majors.

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy have teed off in the final round at the Masters, and it sure looks like they're feeling the pressure. "I was pleased with the way I was able to drive it, but I just could not convert with my irons". I feel like my speed's been on point. "I started the round nine shots back and I came out with the idea of just playing the golf course and having a lot of fun doing it and try to shoot a low round and finish the tournament strong and see what happens, if something insane happens". I enjoy just playing again after what I've been through. Unfortunately for Woods, the first few rounds did not go his way. Last night, the four-time major victor said he couldn't wait to show Reed what he's got.

"The big thing is sticking to what we've been doing well all week, continue to stick with our game plan", added Fowler, who won the 2015 Players Championship after a four-hole playoff against Kevin Kisner and Garcia. "To get myself into the final group, and have a chance to win another major. you couldn't ask for much more out of today".

By the end of a wet and wild Saturday at Augusta National, Reed helped bring this Masters into focus.

He shouldn't. He's out here to do his job and prove that he is one of the best golfers on the Tour, and he has a chance to do that on Sunday at the Masters. But Reed never lost at least a share of the lead and made birdie on the 12th from 22 feet - the first time he has birdied the devilish par-3 hole tucked into a corner of the Georgia pines. Jordan Spieth briefly tied him for the lead.

So this time around when Spieth cleared the water and set himself up for a rather lengthy birdie putt off the fringe of the green, he had a bit of a humorous celebration ready.

On the third hole, however, McIlroy dropped a shot after a poor approach to the green fell off the front. Can't control the distance.

"My swing is slightly off", Woods said.

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