Tour Confidential: Patrick Reed breaks through, Rory comes up short again, and what happened to Tiger and Phil?!

GOLF.com conducts a weekly roundtable with its staff to break down the game’s hottest topics. And since it’s Masters week, we are answering one burning question each night. Check in every Sunday evening for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation by tweeting us @golf_com.

1. Patrick Reed broke through to win his first major on Sunday, carding a final-round 71 at the Masters to edge Rickie Fowler by a stroke. Until this week Reed had had little success in the majors, notching just one top-10 finish in his previous 16 major starts. What was the difference-maker at Augusta National?

Josh Sens, contributing writer, GOLF (@JoshSens): It’s easy to forget that 16 majors is still a relatively small sample and really not such a long learning curve at all. Our perspective has been warped, first by Tiger and then by the post-Tiger era of precocious success. Reed is still in his late 20s. It’s not like it took him eons to get here. This week, of course, his short game was absolutely nails when it had to be. And his ballstriking was good enough throughout, and spectacular at times, especially on Friday, when he played beautifully tee-to-green in very tough conditions.

Josh Berhow, senior producer, GOLF.com (@Josh_Berhow): I think it

Article source: http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2018/04/08/tour-confidential-patrick-reed-wins-masters-rory-mcilroy-misses

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