Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Patrick Reed Saved Vegas Sportsbooks A Lot of Money

Patrick Reed Saved Vegas Sportsbooks A Lot of Money

Reed is seeking his first major championship.

If he wasn't already a lock, he is now.

For the last four years, the Ryder Cup has defined Reed's success in golf.

It was also his best-ever finish at a major, and bumped him to 41st from 43rd in the world golf rankings. "I've played in two final groups in the last seven years, I've had five top 10s".

That's why his reputation was built more on playing for his flag than for himself. The LST is Ping's low-spin version of its G400, and Reed has always preferred a low-spin driver, having used a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond during his last win at the 2016 Barclays.

CNBC reported that betting on this year's Masters in Nevada is estimated tu surpass $12 million - which would be a record.

Reed, who had never shot a round below 70 before the first round this week, became the first player since 2010 to play his first three rounds in 60s, before his 71 on Sunday, when challengers came for him one after another.

The guy who lives for red, white and blue is now associated with Masters green.

Reed and McIlroy are forever linked to that singles match two years ago, which Reed won on the 18th hole.

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Fowler showed some fight, too.

Fowler endured another near-miss, but his charging final-round 67, which left him one shot behind Reed, had him looking forward to the US Open at Shinecock in June. This was a Ryder Cup star and a 5 time PGA Tour victor, certainly no back number.

"Listening to all the analysts this morning, every single one of them except (one) would pick Rory (McIlroy)", said Reed, who teed off with a three-shot lead over the Northern Irishman. In five years on the PGA Tour, he had only five victories. That might explain why he was an afterthought in so many conversations about the players in their 20s who seem to be taking over.

They won't forget him now.

He missed five putts from 10 feet or less on the front nine, most notably a four-footer for eagle at the par-five second that would have sent a roar around Augusta National and a shudder through his rivals.

American Charley Hoffman aced the par-3 16th with a 6-iron, the 20th time the hole has surrendered a hole-in-one.

Needing a two-putt par from 26 feet at the 18th to clinch the title, Reed ran his first putt four feet past the hole. "We'll obviously still be feeling it", he said when he was asked about the pressure, "It's the last round of a major championship, and we're both going for - Patrick is going for his first and I'm going for" - there was a beat here while he held the words in his throat - "something else". "Everyone knows you have it physically with the talent". But do you have it mentally? "Can you handle the ups and downs throughout the round?" Instead, Reed just went out there and played. Besides, it seems nearly certain that Tiger drew in fans during the opening rounds who continued watching over the back half of the tournament.

For several days, everyone was pointing toward the Saturday weather forecast, and, as late as Friday evening, it looked like it would rain for much of the day, with a 90 percent forecast for the afternoon. That clearly helped out ratings more than a little.

"But that's another thing that just kind of played into my hands".

We take a look at how the final round unfolded at Augusta National.

It was never going to be pretty with Patrick Reed, the golfer who collected more enemies than most on his stormy rise from boyhood prodigy to college bad boy to self-promoting PGA Tour victor to master of the Masters.

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