Reed wins first Masters

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: For­mer world num­ber one Jor­dan Spi­eth came from the clouds in the fi­nal round to fall ag­o­nis­ingly short of a sec­ond Masters vic­tory.

Spi­eth launched a mirac­u­lous late come­back at Au­gusta on Sun­day, equalling Greg Nor­man’s course record with an eight-un­der-par 64.

The Amer­i­can bo­geyed the 18th to fin­ish third, within two strokes of com­pa­triot Pa­trick Reed.

The 27-year-old Reed headed into the last day’s play with a three-shot lead and held his nerve to claim his first green jacket.

In his maiden win at a ma­jor, Reed was forced to fight off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Ricky Fowler and Spa­niard Jon Rahm.

A dis­ap­pointed Rory McIl­roy had looked Reed’s most likely chal­lenger un­til a fourth round ca­pit­u­la­tion saw him fin­ish six shots off the pace.

Queens­land 24-year-old Cameron Smith was the pick of the Aussies with six birdies on the fi­nal nine holes to fin­ish in a four-way tie for fifth at -9.

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