Doug Ghim may not have been in contention at Augusta National this week, but it's a week the University of Texas senior never will forget.
Patrick Reed of the United States acknowledges the crowd after making par 18th green during the final round to win the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. Ghim was the only amateur to make the cut this week, but he finished his round in style.
"For some reason when you are front row in front of Tiger Woods. you don't even want to look at him because you are so scared", Patrick Keim, a 22-year-old student from Auburn, Alabama, told Reuters as Woods made a par putt at the par-three sixth hole. He struck the ball well but had difficulty finding the correct line on the greens.
Spieth held a share of the lead for portions of Sunday and almost tied the course record, but he bogeyed the 18th to finish with a 64 and a 13-under score for the tournament. "I just didn't do a good enough job this week. but to be able to compete out here and to score like I did, it feels good". Justin Thomas (70), Jordan Spieth (71) and Dustin Johnson (71) all are at least nine shots behind. After going 13-under on 12 Par 5s heading into Sunday, with just one par to go with nine birdies and two eagles, he managed just four pars on Sunday.
Rickie Fowler gets another crack at erasing his name from the "best players yet to win a major" list and the return of his touch on the greens has him believing that time may have come at the U.S. Masters.
Spieth finished in second place at 13-under par, with Reed claiming the title after shooting a -15 over the course of four rounds. He started nine shots behind going into the final round, and was inches away on two shots from a chance at another green jacket. The four-time Masters champion had three birdies in the opening round, two in the second and three in the third.
Of course, he's going to have to play some wonderful golf to hold off Rory McIlroy, who is in search of his first green jacket and completion of the career grand slam, but Reed has faced McIlroy before. Reed has stones - we'll give him that!
How Woods' Masters performance is judged will depend on perspective.
Woods, who said in January that the first phase of his comeback was all pointing toward Augusta, hasn't outlined his plans for the rest of the season.
As of the time of this writing, he's four behind Patrick Reed - who's been living on the edge a bit through the first handful of holes and is probably lucky to be at level par for the day. It's the latest round of a major championship.