The Masters: Rickie Fowler is the 'next Mickelson,' not the 'next Garcia'

Patrick Reed of the U.S. celebrates chipping in for an eagle on the 15th hole during third round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament in Augusta

The Masters: Rickie Fowler is the 'next Mickelson,' not the 'next Garcia'

It's definitely harder to do that than I thought. "He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight". This was not the outcome the oddsmakers expected.

Given he's never been a unanimously popular player, Reed donning the green jacket prompted a varied and interesting response.

He doesn't look like a professional golfer. "The wind should be south-southwest but every hole you get on it's coming from a different direction".

While Reed may have a feistier edge than most of today's young players, he could be the poster boy for the era's fearless style of play. He doesn't welcome questions about his personal life.

Reed is part of the youth movement, primarily because of his age (27). "I mean, I'm just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments", he said.

The Northern Irishman was tipped to win his first Green Jacket despite trailing Reed by three shots heading into Sunday's final round.

So many anticipated a battle between Rory McIlroy and Reed in the final pairing on Sunday.

"I stuck to my game plan all week", Reed said.

So, as he walked up 18 and then sank his winning putt for a one-stroke win, the loudest applause came from a few miles away.

But for one last time, Reed played four flawless golf shots - hitting the fairway and green before two-putting to secure his triumph.

- Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman)I covered my 1st Masters in 1979 and I can't remember a player making more clutch putts than Patrick Reed just KEPT MAKING all the way home, including a highly missable 5-footer at 17 and easily choke-able 3-footer to win.

"It's where I went to college", Patrick Reed said in the Butler Cabin, on a day when he ended up schooling everybody at the Masters. "It's just a way of God basically saying, 'Let's see if you have it.' 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?" Reed had played 12 rounds at Augusta National without ever breaking 70, and only two of those rounds were under par.

"Obviously it's been everyone's dream to win the Masters", Fowler said.

'I think 100 per cent I can come back and win here. "His coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory, suspended him and warned him that his entire career was about to go up in smoke".

Golf fans in Louisiana will get a chance to love - or hate - Reed soon as the 2018 Masters champion is scheduled to play at the unique Zurich Classic in two weeks in New Orleans.

McIlroy, who can complete a career Grand Slam with a first Masters win, was alone in second on 205 with Fowler third on 207 and world number three Rahm on 208 after a day when threatened thunderstorms failed to materialize.

He seized control on Saturday with two eagles on the back nine, the second a 3-wood from just under 270 yards into the wet, heavy air that barely cleared the water in front of the 15th green.

Then he held off three of golf's biggest names Sunday.

"I made P. Reed earn it", Fowler said when it was over. I have no idea and don't really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not.

"My only wish or regret from the week was that I was playing with him at some point on the weekend. He showed his true colors".

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