Patrick Reed held off the challenges of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth on a tense final day at Augusta to win his first Masters title and land odds of 50/1.
The American was unable to become the first golfer in Masters history to hit four sub-70 rounds, but his closing 71 was enough to give him a 15-under-par total and leave him one shot clear of Fowler, with Spieth a further stroke back after an incredible charge up the leaderboard fell just short.
As Reed reached the turn on his final round his six nearest pursuers – Fowler, Spieth, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson – were all members of the world’s top eight, while the seventh was Bubba Watson, a double Masters champion. It could have proved to be too much pressure for a player seeking a maiden major victory, but Reed showed his resilience with a string of fine shots coming down the stretch and he’s now a 33/1 chance with Ladbrokes for the next Major – June’s US Open.
It was another near miss, meanwhile, for Fowler, who can’t be too far away from claiming his first major title after posting his ninth top five finish at one of the big four tournaments. Fowler is 18/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power for the US Open, while he is the same price with Coral for July’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|