Reed cements US dominance
Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn must be getting a little worried now.
The final pairing of the Masters was dubbed the second duel between America’s most fiery young player and Europe’s leading superstar.
Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy faced off for a crucial Sunday Ryder Cup point at Hazeltine in 2016, with the pair producing fireworks on and off the greens amid a fervent atmosphere.
That day it was the young Texan who came out on top.
And despite being in pole position to gain some revenge on Reed, and complete his own Grand Slam in the process, Rory faded away on Sunday to allow Reed just enough breathing room to complete a one stroke victory over the rest of the field and slip on that famous Green jacket.
What will be most worrying for Bjorn is that Reed looked his more successful opponent in the eye on every hole on Sunday and never lost his nerve. That despite still being just 27 years old and having never tasted major success.
His win over McIlroy at the last Ryder Cup may well have proved just enough to give him the confidence time and time again on the lightening quick Augusta greens.
More worrying for European golf as a whole was the two players who chased the hardest and looked like eventually clawing back Reed’s lead was the inspired duo Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
It’s easy to forget that Spieth is just 24. When he is on form he is virtually unstoppable. Only a bogey on the last - his least favourite hole at Augusta - stopped him matching the all time lowest round at the Masters. An incredible eight-under on the day was just not enough but only a fool would bet against Spieth adding to his major tally this year.
Fowler came closest to forcing a play-off with Reed, and with his laser sharp putting you would have to imagine his time will come on the major stage sooner or later.
Having led for the last two rounds, it’s hard to argue that Reed didn’t deserve his first major title. He was incredible on the greens, knocking in birdie putts for fun. His two eagles in three holes in the third round gave him the breathing space he needed to stay calm in the fourth and
The last four majors are all in US hands