2018 Masters Tournament: Reed Holds Off Challengers

Patrick Reed of the United States celebrates after making par on the 18th green during the final round to win the 2018 Masters Tournament
Patrick Reed celebrates sinking the winning putt on the final hole of the 2018 Masters. David Cannon/Getty Images  

Patrick Reed won his first major championship at the 2018 Masters Tournament, making a three-foot-long, par-saving putt on the final green to claim a one-stroke victory. Reed, who shot 71 in the final round and finished at 15-under, survived a rally by runner-up Rickie Fowler and a furious charge by third-place finisher Jordan Spieth.

Quick Bits

  • Tournament number: This was the 82nd time The Masters Tournament was played.

The 2018 Masters was the 17th major championship Reed had played in to this point, and just his second Top 10 finish in a major. However, in the last major played prior to this one, the 2017 PGA Championship, Reed tied for second place.

How Reed Took the Lead at the 2018 Masters

Reed opened the tournament with a round of 69, which left him three shots off Spieth's lead. But in the second round Spieth scored 74 while Reed moved out to a two-stroke lead with a 66.

Reed's third-round score of 67 included two eagles on the back nine at Augusta National Golf Club. After that performance, he led the tournament by three shots over second-place Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, already a winner in the other three majors (U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship), was trying to become just the sixth golfer ever to complete the Career Grand Slam.

Fowler stood third, five shots behind Reed, following a third-round 65, while Spieth shot 71 in Round 3 and fell nine strokes off the pace, seemingly out of it.

2018 Masters Final Round: Reed Survives Charges

As Reed and McIlroy played their first few holes as the final pairing of the final round, it appeared that Reed might wilt while McIlroy made a move.

McIlroy got within a stroke after two, but it was mostly downhill for McIlroy after that. He wound up shooting 74 and finished tied for fifth, six behind Reed.

Reed steadied and played a solid if unspectacular final round. Two of his rivals, though, played terrific final rounds.

Speith, the 2015 Masters champion, made five birdies on the front nine and four more on the back nine. Following a birdie on his 16th hole, Spieth moved to 14-under and into a tie with Reed in first place.

Another birdie by Spieth and he'd break the Masters single-round scoring record; if Spieth parred out, he would tie it at 63. After a par at 17, though, Spieth bogeyed the last and posted 13-under

Fowler, meanwhile, was having an excellent round of his own, although not as spectacular as Spieth's 64. Fowler shot 67, and with a birdie on the final hole he passed Spieth and posted 14-under.

A birdie on the 14th hole gave Reed back the lead at 15-under, and he parred in from there to finish at 15-under and win the Green Jacket.

2018 Masters Scores

These are the final scores from the 2018 Masters Tournament played on the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club course in Augusta, Ga.:

Patrick Reed69-66-67-71—273$1,980,000
Rickie Fowler70-72-65-67—274$1,188,000
Jordan Spieth66-74-71-64—275$748,000
Jon Rahm75-68-65-69—277$528,000
Rory McIlroy69-71-65-74—279$386,375
Cameron Smith71-72-70-66—279$386,375
Henrik Stenson69-70-70-70—279$386,375
Bubba Watson73-69-68-69—279$386,375
Marc Leishman70-67-73-70—280$319,000
Tony Finau68-74-73-66—281$286,000
Dustin Johnson73-68-71-69—281$286,000
Charley Hoffman69-73-73-67—282$231,000
Louis Oosthuizen71-71-71-69—282$231,000
Justin Rose72-70-71-69—282$231,000
Paul Casey74-75-69-65—283$192,500
Russell Henley73-72-71-67—283$192,500
Tommy Fleetwood72-72-66-74—284$170,500
Justin Thomas74-67-70-73—284$170,500
Hideki Matsuyama73-71-72-69—285$154,000
Jason Day75-71-69-71—286$128,150
Francesco Molinari72-74-70-70—286$128,150
Webb Simpson76-73-70-67—286$128,150
Jimmy Walker73-71-71-71—286$128,150
Branden Grace73-73-74-67—287$93,775
Adam Hadwin69-75-72-71—287$93,775
Si Woo Kim75-73-68-71—287$93,775
Bernd Wiesberger70-73-72-72—287$93,775
Kevin Kisner72-75-69-72—288$76,450
Satoshi Kodaira71-74-71-72—288$76,450
Matt Kuchar68-75-72-73—288$76,450
Ryan Moore74-72-72-70—288$76,450
Daniel Berger73-74-71-71—289$63,663
Haotong Li69-76-72-72—289$63,663
Adam Scott75-73-70-71—289$63,663
Tiger Woods73-75-72-69—289$63,663
Zach Johnson70-74-74-72—290$55,275
Phil Mickelson70-79-74-67—290$55,275
Rafa Cabrera-Bello69-76-74-72—291$46,200
Fred Couples72-74-73-72—291$46,200
Bryson DeChambeau74-74-72-71—291$46,200
Matthew Fitzpatrick75-74-67-75—291$46,200
Bernhard Langer74-74-71-72—291$46,200
Jhonattan Vegas77-69-72-73—291$46,200
Kiradech Aphibarnrat79-70-72-71—292$35,200
Brian Harman73-74-76-69—292$35,200
Tyrrell Hatton74-75-73-70—292$35,200
Ian Poulter74-75-74-69—292$35,200
Martin Kaymer74-73-74-73—294$30,140
Vijay Singh71-74-79-71—295$28,600
a-Doug Ghim72-76-74-74—296 
Xander Schauffele71-78-72-75—296$27,720
Kyle Stanley72-74-75-76—297$27,060
Chez Reavie76-71-75-76—298$26,400


Notes on the 2018 Masters Tournament

  • Among the former champions in the field who made the cut were 58-year-old Fred Couples and 60-year-old Bernhard Langer. They were among those who finished tied for 38th.
  • Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also made the cut, but neither was a factor on the leaderboard at any point. Woods finished at 1-over in 32nd place, Mickelson at 2-over in 36th place.