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Patrick Reed Wins the Masters in a Breakthrough Performance

“It’s hard to take any positives from it right now,” McIlroy said, adding, “I’ll sit down and reflect over the next few days and see what I could have potentially done better, whether it be a mind-set or, I don’t know, I just didn’t have it today.”

Reed’s mind-set tends to irritate golf fans who prefer their champions to exhibit humility, not hubris. In 2014, in the afterglow of his third PGA Tour victory, Reed proclaimed himself a top-five player in the world and promptly received scoldings through social media. (He was 11th in last week’s world rankings).

But Reed’s presence on American teams that compete internationally has enabled other players to see a more endearing version of him, the one that leaves the chip on his shoulder at the team-room door.

“Obviously happy for him,” said Fowler, who lingered in the scoring area so he could embrace Reed when he came off the 18th green. “Sure, it would have been a lot more fun to beat him, but I’m happy with what we did here.”

Reed, Spieth and Fowler treated momentum as if it were a baton and they were a relay team — with Reed as both the leadoff and the anchor. He had set a blistering pace…

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