The Masters: Rickie Fowler is the 'next Mickelson,' not the 'next Garcia'

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The Masters: Rickie Fowler is the 'next Mickelson,' not the 'next Garcia'

Patrick Reed could hear the storm coming.

"I started nine back", Spieth said.

The 27-year-old, who emerged victorious over Rickie Fowler by a single shot at Augusta National, was well aware the runner-up, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all seemed favoured by the galleries during Masters Sunday.

Reed went to the back nine with a four-shot lead over four players, and they all had their chances. "I knew it was going to be a dog fight".

You know, going into that, it just felt like, okay, well, that takes off a little bit of that pressure off of me and I can just go out and try to play golf. "Can you handle the ups and downs throughout the round?"

Reed's breakthrough victory in the majors is further evidence the golf gods are asking tougher questions than they ever have.

That's why his reputation was built more on playing for his flag than for himself.

"This championship will become an exciting addition to the Masters week, and it furthers our effort to promote the sport and inspire young women to take up the game", Ridley said.

The new Masters champion stressed that he's very comfortable about his past and current career - and his past and current life.

Reed has been labeled a villain in golf because of a complicated past that has included allegations of cheating and stealing, two underage-drinking arrests, and reports that he has an abrasive personality. That's never happened before in the modern era. If you do what we do, we'll win this golf tournament. It was just a few days too late to be more than an afterthought at golf's first major.

McIlroy's last Major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship but, at 28, he will have plenty more chances to win the Masters.

But it was in the NY area at last year's Presidents Cup - in which the US plays an global team - that Love really noticed Reed's attention to detail.

Reed, who saw off a fading McIlroy by the turn, then had to survive challenges from U.S. Ryder Cup team mates Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler before sinking a par putt at the last to win the Green Jacket and his first major championship. Never threatening to win, but finishing with a 69 to suggest that he may yet - at the age of 42 and after much surgery - add to his 14 major titles. "I gave it a go and it came off". So I'm really looking forward to this year and the three majors that are left.

McIlroy, meanwhile, will have to wait another year for a shot at the career Grand Slam after his disappointing round. He was the Ryder Cup rookie who brashly pressed his finger to his lips to shush the crowds in Scotland when he was unbeaten in four matches, and who wagged his finger at Rory McIlroy at Hazeltine when he buried big putts on top of him.

"We all believe Rory will win the grand slam and I believe he can play this golf course, and I believe he will one day win on this golf course, but it doesn't mean he will". "He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight".

McIlroy is sharp guy, but, boy, did that tactic backfire. Rahm's downfall was similar to the plight of many legends: the danger-laden back-nine par-5s.

It's true that Patrick Reed isn't the most popular player on the PGA Tour.

"Patrick, he's not scared", Fowler told reporters afterward. "He won't back down". It was like high-octane fuel for him.

So many others who started the third round with a chance didn't do almost enough to stay even remotely close to Reed.

But when he celebrated and slipped into a green jacket for the first time, there were some noticeable people missing from the scene.

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