This one may hurt even more for McIlroy

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This one may hurt even more for McIlroy

Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country.

Your 2018 champion for the Masters is Patrick Reed.

Different about this victory for Reed was the fuchsia shirt he wore as part of a Nike script. Reed always wears black trousers and a red shirt because that's what Tiger Woods does, and Reed has long modeled his mental game after Woods.

"He's a lot more calm", Karain told reporters outside the clubhouse while his boss was being presented with a Green Jacket in the nearby Butler Cabin. Bravo. This was a mighty way to win a first major.

You also automatically qualify for the Masters as long as you are still playing.

The American, who began the fourth day with a three shot lead, had to hold off a final round charge from Jordan Spieth and a late rally from Ricky Fowler to clinch Masters glory by one shot at the Augusta National Golf Course.

"That status makes it time to introduce Reed to those who might not follow golf except for those April strolls through the azaleas".

On Sunday, that became the back story as Reed, who has made his name as a star in the Ryder Cup, broke through on golf's biggest stage.

And just when Reed was getting away, McIlroy added birdies at 15 and 18 - where he drained a 17-foot birdie putt after a lucky carom off a tree. "You have to go catch him".

He admits Tiger Woods is his hero and loves wearing the same Red and Black as a tribute to the legend.

"Everybody really likes battling Patrick, because he loves it so much and eats it up", Spieth said.

It was far from what the 42-year-old Woods wanted, but he left the hallowed grounds feeling better about his game than he did a few days before and more encouraged than his last few trips to Augusta National.

It took Reed until the 2017 PGA Championship to even secure a top 10 finish at a major - something he put down to putting "too much pressure" on himself. "The way you're going to do that is perform in these big events and to win these big events". The thinking is that we'll next be seeing him at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo in three weeks followed by the Players Championship, an event he's won twice (most recently in 2013, just as his body was beginning to break down with injuries). "It's just one of those things, I believe in myself and - especially with how hard I've worked - I'm one of the top five players in the world". Anytime I got a little bit of momentum I gave it back straight away. I had my caddie remind me of that the entire week. "I just haven't played it well enough at the right time". If you get riled up, show it.

In classic Reed style, however, he fed off naysayers.

While Reed was slipping into a Green Jacket, Rory McIlroy was left to assess exactly why he melted in the white-hot Augusta cauldron with a grand slam on the line. Twitter trolls and pessimistic pundits only strengthened his resolve. In 12 previous Masters, he has never finished in the top 10, has missed the cut four times (including last year), has a scoring average of nearly a stroke-and-a-half over par and had broken 70 just three times in 40 rounds.

Winning The Masters is one of the most prestigious achievements in golf. On the 18th, needing to par to win, he landed his second shot on the ridge line at the green and about 25 feet from the pin from where he needed two putts for the Green Jacket.

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