Jordan Spieth's comeback falls short at The Masters

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Reed, a former Augusta State star, returned to Augusta with limited Masters success entering the week.

Before this week, Patrick Reed had 0 rounds in the 60s and just 2 rounds under par from 8 rounds at the Masters.

15 - Reed's winning score was 15 under par. The tough break, combined with a awful pull in Round 1, leaves the finishing hole as the only unanswered question for Spieth whose record at the Masters is remarkable: T-2, 1, T-2, T-11, 3. Woods kept seeing Reed make birdies, and he knew he was well outside the 10 shots.

Reed held a three-shot lead over McIlroy going into the final round as he looked to win his first major title and potentially become the first player in Masters history to break 70 in all four rounds. Fowler capped his round with a seven-foot birdie putt that prompted the loudest roar of the day among the patrons at the 18th green.

Here's how he put a charge into Augusta National - and a scare into Patrick Reed.

Reed, who finished at 15-under 273, won for the sixth time in his PGA Tour career.

Fowler's dejected voice suggests he leaves Augusta heartbroken but also more confident than ever as he heads to one of his favorite golf courses. He excused it as typical "punches" from a daunting golf course in hard conditions.

The hail of golf balls, attacking the cups at an unprecedented pace, never stopped.

Starting the day nine strokes off the pace at Augusta National on Sunday, Jordan Spieth made a Masters charge for the ages by firing a record-tying final round of eight-under 64 but fell just short of catching eventual victor Patrick Reed.

Pars were like Confederate money here, and bogeys were an anvil.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, a British Open champion, is seven adrift and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is eight shots off the lead.

He followed with one of his better shots over the past four days on No. 14.

England's Tommy Fleetwood was the leader in the clubhouse.

The 14-time major champion, who insisted as he set out to close a 13-shot deficit on Saturday that he was looking for a "special weekend", opened with back-to-back bogeys on the way to a 72.

Mickelson smacked a shot into the trees trying to escape a forest and made triple bogey, deposited a tee shot into Rae's Creek on No. 12 for a double bogey and shot a 79, matching his worst score at Augusta National. That left Spieth and Reed to duke it out, though they were separated by so many holes it was as if they were shadow boxing.

"I've been waiting for this chance, to be honest".

"The greens were a tad slower", Rahm said.

Jordan Spieth celebrates making the green on 12.

The gallery was clearly behind McIlroy, even though Reed led Augusta State to a pair of NCAA titles and briefly lived in Augusta.

Matt Kuchar had a hole-in-one in 2017, while three players did it in 2016. He has birdied or eagled 37 percent of the holes.

"I'm just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments", Reed said. "It's not Europe versus America". I'm going to guess like over 1,400 or something, whatever it was.

Even without them, the show is just getting started. McIlroy drilled a 40-footer on No. 8 and before the European noise had died, Reed delivered a 25-footer to halve the hole.

It had figured to be a one-on-one struggle in the final group with McIlroy, against whom Reed won an epic Ryder Cup match two years ago. "More whether it be mindset or - I don't know, I just - I just didn't quite have it today". "That match was so exhausting".

He has proven that playing for his country. You still have Rickie and Rahm and others to worry about. But he doesn't buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him, a notion McIlroy quickly suggested.

The expected challenge from Rory McIlroy never materialized, his hopes fading after he missed an eagle putt on the second which would briefly have drawn him level with Reed at the top of the leaderboard. "I'm leading, there is pressure, but I felt fine this morning". "If you're going to shoot low, today's the day to do it".

"I don't know. Why don't you ask them?" But to catch Reed, someone needs to find overdrive.