Patrick Reed showed terrific composure to withstand a sensational charge by Jordan Spieth on the final day to win the Masters by one shot at Augusta, Georgia on Sunday.
The 27-year-old American Reed kept his nerve to card a 1-under-par 71 to end on 15-under and earn his first major title.
Spieth made the biggest play of the day, producing nine stunning birdies before coming unstuck on the 18th, where he missed a par putt to come home with a record-equalling 8-under-par 64.
In fact, he had to be satisfied with third spot at 13-under after Rickie Fowler birdied the 18th to finish on 14-under in second.
It was Reed, though, who recovered from bogeys on the first and sixth holes as he turned at even-par 36 for the day.
He kept the consistency going on the back nine, hitting back from a dropped shot at the 11th to birdie the 12th and 14th holes.
Reed – who has five previous PGA Tour wins – secured pars at No 15, 16 and 17, and then hit his approach at the 18th on to the green to set up a two-putt for victory.
The 24-year-old Spieth appeared to exorcise the demons of his 2016 Masters meltdown as he rattled off birdies at the first, second, fifth, eighth, ninth, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes to mount a serious challenge for the title.
But after drawing level with Reed at one stage at 13-under, Spieth needed to produce one more birdie at the final hole, but it was not to be.
The three-time major champion had bogeyed No 18 in the first round as well, with pars on Friday and Saturday.
And when it counted the most, Spieth’s driver let him down as his ball went left off the tee and into the trees, which resulted in him having to lay up before hitting an approach on to the green.
Spieth was unable to make the eight-feet putt for par, and with it went any chance of adding a second Green Jacket to the one he won in 2015.
Rory McIlroy was also in the running earlier in the day, but faded to tied for fifth with a 2-over-par 74 to end on 9-under, six off the pace.
Louis Oosthuizen was the leading South African in the field with 6-under-par to be tied for 12th, while Branden Grace ended tied for 24th at 1-under.
Tiger Woods, who attracted some big galleries at Augusta this week, carded a 3-under 69 on Sunday to grab a share of 32nd on 1-over-par.@ashfakmohamed
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