US Masters 2018
There is no sporting event on the planet which can compete with the US Masters in terms of prestige. The famous golf tournament is steeped in history and has produced some of the most dramatic moments in sports history.
The US Masters is the first major golf tournament of the year and an elite group of golfers fought it out for the famous green jacket.
This is a very special golf tournament, firstly because it is an invitation only event. This applies to the players and in many ways, the spectators. The field of golfers is the smallest of all four major golf events. So, to be invited to play is an honour but to slip on the coveted green jacket at the end of play on Sunday, is the dream of every golfer.
Just ask Sergio Garcia, winner of the 2017 US Masters. The first Spaniard to Win since José María Olazábal back in 1999, who is just one of the many big names to succeed at Augusta over the years.
The Augusta National was in in pristine condition once more, with brightly coloured flowers around the course. I had the pleasure of spending all 4 days hosting WMG`s VIP hospitality venue that was total fantastic. Magnolia drive is any golf fans dream and it was a amazing opportunity to walking the hallowed grounds of Augusta National and something I will never forget.
Players who have reached the ultimate goal in golf and added the green jacket to their wardrobe include Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. Going back in time, previous winners of the US Masters reads like a who’s who in the world of golf, with greats like Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus all tasting success at Augusta.
This year however, Patrick Reed took the win by holding off Ryder Cup team-mates Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, to claim his first ever major title. The American outdone The Masters leader-board heading into the last day in Augusta, Georgia and despite challenges from Rory Mcllroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed controlled his nerves to take victory.
He missed out on a birdie on the second, but he rectified his nerves with a nice putt for a three at the third before recovering from a bogey at six with an incredible second to within inches of the cup at the seventh.
Rory McIlroy, chasing his first Green Jacket to complete the Grand Slam, suffered heartbreak as his hopes faded away with a par to end a dismal round of 74, if only the eagle putt on 2 had dropped, it could have been a completely different story but his formerly red-hot putter seemed to be cool. Resulting in him finishing on nine under and tied fifth with Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith and Henrik Stenson. Leaving a Masters shaped hold in his CV, and a green jacket shaped gap in his wardrobe.
Patrick Reed didn’t have the crowd’s hearts and he knew it, the 27-year-old, who emerged victorious over Rickie Fowler by a single shot at Augusta National, he would have certainly noticed the crowds significantly louder cheers for Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy but Reed said this took the pressure off him and inspired him towards Masters glory.
Reed did something all the greats do, the likes of Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali and many others- they all used real or imagined disdain to add extra incentive to their victory. Reed soared above all negativity, defied the American crowd and made history.