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 after making par on the 18th green during the final round to win the 2018 Masters Tournament.  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

  • Winner: Patrick Reed, 273
  • Dates: April 5-8, 2018
  • Golf course: Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
  • 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 Reed 69-66-67-71—273 $1,980,000
Rickie Fowler 70-72-65-67—274 $1,188,000
Jordan Spieth 66-74-71-64—275 $748,000
Jon Rahm 75-68-65-69—277 $528,000
Rory McIlroy 69-71-65-74—279 $386,375
Cameron Smith 71-72-70-66—279 $386,375
Henrik Stenson 69-70-70-70—279 $386,375
Bubba Watson 73-69-68-69—279 $386,375
Marc Leishman 70-67-73-70—280 $319,000
Tony Finau 68-74-73-66—281 $286,000
Dustin Johnson 73-68-71-69—281 $286,000
Charley Hoffman 69-73-73-67—282 $231,000
Louis Oosthuizen 71-71-71-69—282 $231,000
Justin Rose 72-70-71-69—282 $231,000
Paul Casey 74-75-69-65—283 $192,500
Russell Henley 73-72-71-67—283 $192,500
Tommy Fleetwood 72-72-66-74—284 $170,500
Justin Thomas 74-67-70-73—284 $170,500
Hideki Matsuyama 73-71-72-69—285 $154,000
Jason Day 75-71-69-71—286 $128,150
Francesco Molinari 72-74-70-70—286 $128,150
Webb Simpson 76-73-70-67—286 $128,150
Jimmy Walker 73-71-71-71—286 $128,150
Branden Grace 73-73-74-67—287 $93,775
Adam Hadwin 69-75-72-71—287 $93,775
Si Woo Kim 75-73-68-71—287 $93,775
Bernd Wiesberger 70-73-72-72—287 $93,775
Kevin Kisner 72-75-69-72—288 $76,450
Satoshi Kodaira 71-74-71-72—288 $76,450
Matt Kuchar 68-75-72-73—288 $76,450
Ryan Moore 74-72-72-70—288 $76,450
Daniel Berger 73-74-71-71—289 $63,663
Haotong Li 69-76-72-72—289 $63,663
Adam Scott 75-73-70-71—289 $63,663
Tiger Woods 73-75-72-69—289 $63,663
Zach Johnson 70-74-74-72—290 $55,275
Phil Mickelson 70-79-74-67—290 $55,275
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 69-76-74-72—291 $46,200
Fred Couples 72-74-73-72—291 $46,200
Bryson DeChambeau 74-74-72-71—291 $46,200
Matthew Fitzpatrick 75-74-67-75—291 $46,200
Bernhard Langer 74-74-71-72—291 $46,200
Jhonattan Vegas 77-69-72-73—291 $46,200
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 79-70-72-71—292 $35,200
Brian Harman 73-74-76-69—292 $35,200
Tyrrell Hatton 74-75-73-70—292 $35,200
Ian Poulter 74-75-74-69—292 $35,200
Martin Kaymer 74-73-74-73—294 $30,140
Vijay Singh 71-74-79-71—295 $28,600
a-Doug Ghim 72-76-74-74—296
Xander Schauffele 71-78-72-75—296 $27,720
Kyle Stanley 72-74-75-76—297 $27,060
Chez Reavie 76-71-75-76—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.