Patrick Reed extends run of maiden major winners at the Masters
By Mathieu Wood
Last Updated: 09/04/18 8:13am
Patrick Reed became the fourth consecutive player to earn their first major victory at the Masters and walk away with the coveted Green Jacket.
The American posted a one-under 71 to cling on to his overnight advantage and hold off Ryder Cup teammates Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at the top of the leader.
After Reed continued the run of maiden major champions at Augusta National, we take a brief look back at previous first-time winners of the opening men's major of the year...
Sergio Garcia in 2017
After 73 previous failed attempts, Garcia ended an 18-year wait with a maiden major title after he pipped Justin Rose in dramatic fashion via a play-off.
After a thrilling final round which had ebbed and flowed with the final pair trading the lead, both players were unable to prevail on the last hole of regulation play, missing makeable birdie putts.
Both players returned to the 18th tee for the sudden-death playoff, where Rose found the trees with his drive while Garcia found the fairway. After Rose was forced to chip out he could only hit his third shot to within 14 feet, while Garcia was closer to the pin. The Englishman missed his putt for par and his European counterpart made full use of both his putts to secure the win on his 19th visit to Augusta.
Danny Willett in 2016
In stark contrast to Garcia, Willett was the unlikely headline act in Georgia as he benefited from a back-nine meltdown by Jordan Spieth to secure an unlikely Green Jacket.
Spieth seemed destined to defend his title when he opened up a five-shot lead after his front-nine but compounded back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 by putting two balls in the water at the par-three 12th, while birdies at 13 and 14 saw Willett take the lead.
A further birdie on the par-three 16 saw Willett extend his advantage and despite a late effort by countryman Lee Westwood, it was the then 28-year-old who became the first British champion since Nick Faldo in 1996.
Jordan Spieth in 2015
At the age of 21, Spieth finished with a record-equalling score for his four rounds to claim his maiden major success.
The American took control from the offset and after an opening eight-under 64 continued to impress around Augusta to become the first wire-to-winner champion since Raymond Floyd since 1976.
An eight-foot missed par putt at the 72nd hole was the only slight disappointment for Spieth as he missed out on bettering Tiger Woods' cumulative total of 270 in 1997 for the lowest score in the competition's history.
Adam Scott in 2013
Scott became the first Australian to wear the iconic Green Jacket after a playoff victory against Angel Cabrera, who missed out on his second victory at Augusta.
The Australian started one shot off the lead and both he and Cabrera birdied the final hole in regulation to extend proceedings.
After the first playoff hole was parred, Scott sunk a 15-foot birdie putt at the 10th to celebrate a first major triumph in the fading light.
Bubba Watson in 2012
Watson became the eighth consecutive first-time major champion after a playoff victory over Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.
The American emerged from the chasing pack on a day which saw the lead fluctuate. Oosthuizen made an improbable albatross at the par-five second hold to start his quest for a second major in excellent fashion but four consecutive birdies on the back nine for Watson helped him stay in contention for the victory.
The final round playing partners failed to be separated when they replayed the 18th and it was only an incredible hooked approach shot from in the woods to within 10 feet of the green that helped Watson card a par, which proved decisive.
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