THE MASTERS

Stamford Advocate - - Sports -

For as much magic the Masters de­liv­ers, there wasn’t any­thing overly dra­matic about Pa­trick Reed’s 71 for a one-shot vic­tory. He made two birdies on the back nine, and the one that stands out was his 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th that al­lowed him to seize con­trol.

“It was a soft 9-iron,” he said. “When I made that putt is when I thought I could play par com­ing in and I can win the tour­na­ment.”

The shot that stands out to him was on Thurs­day, a cut drive through the chute of trees to the fair­way. Never mind that he put his ap­proach into the bunker and had to scram­ble to save par for a 69, leav­ing him three shots be­hind.

“That hole al­ways has given me a hard time hit­ting the fair­way,” he said. “To hit the cut and get it in play, now I know that’s a shot I

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