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Patrick Reeds Holds Off Field For Green Jacket

Patrick Reed took a three-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy into the final round and hit his first drive of the day up against a tree down the left-hand side of No. 1. A punched iron landed in a bunker, and he hit the skull-iest sand shot anyone at Augusta National has heard since last year's media lottery Monday. Two-putt par, and the train lacked coal. McIlroy had an eagle putt on No. 2 that would have tied it, and Reed looked like he'd wilt.
 
He rebounded with birdies at Nos. 3 and 7 as McIlroy faltered, and Reed took a three-shot lead over Spieth, who went out in 31 and shot a shocking 64 in the final round. A bogey at No. 11 dropped Reed to 13 under, and the chase was officially on with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler suddenly stirring. 
 
After a bogey on No. 11, Reed birdied two of the tougher holes on the second nine (Nos. 12 and 14) and knew he likely only needed to par home for the win. The last two pars were the toughest. They always are. Reed hit the stick from 90 feet on No. 17 and punctuated a five-foot saver with a hammer pump. Ahead of him Fowler was busy making birdie at No. 18 to pull within one.
 
An overcooked second at the last left him a slippery 30-footer. Two putts for the most important victory of his life. He made the one coming back, and one of the more anticipated Masters in history had officially been swiped by one of the biggest antagonists of his generation.
 
The 27-year-old has won six times on the PGA Tour, now including Augusta.

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