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Throw Out the Script: Patrick Reed Wins a Green Jacket and Other Masters Surprises

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    Throw out the script. The Masters creates its own drama and unexpected story lines.

    Rory McIlroy was supposed to finally get that green jacket slipped over his shoulders and complete the career Grand Slam after boldly playing his way into the final pairing on Sunday. Instead, Rory hit perhaps the worst drive of his professional career on the first hole. It wasn’t a blip. More like an omen.

    Patrick Reed was the 36- and 54-hole leader after posting three splendid rounds in the 60s at Augusta National Golf Club. However, it was his first time leading a major on Sunday. The pressure and elite chasing pack would get to Captain America. He would fold like a linen napkin at the Champions Dinner.

    Wrong. Dead wrong.

    Reed withstood charges from Jordan Spieth (64) and Rickie Fowler (67) and made clutch par putts on 17 and 18 to close out his first major. His gutsy 71 and 15-under total were good for a 1-shot victory.

    With seven Masters victories between them, a rejuvenated Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were supposed to contend for the green jacket. Instead, both of them barely made it to the weekend.

    After a final-round 67 to finish at 2 over for the tournament, Phil said he lost his magic from recent weeks and admitted that he puts too much pressure on himself at the majors. It’s hard to blame him. He’s running out of opportunities. Meanwhile, Tiger did well to make the cut and shake off some competitive rust. Playing a complete major at this juncture of his comeback is a victory in itself.

    Tony Finau was expected to hobble through part of his first round and then withdraw after dislocating his ankle at the par-3 contest while celebrating a hole-in-one. Instead, Finau opened with a 68 and went on to finish 7-under par and in a tie for 10th. He shot a 66 on Sunday, his best round of the tournament.

    Somebody was supposed to win the par-3 contest. Just not 68-year-old Tom Watson, who carded a 21 playing alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. This old Tom only needed eight putts. Watson is now the oldest par-3 winner, surpassing that other ancient wonder, Sam Snead.
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