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