The Masters 2018: Top five best moments from Augusta

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Four days of superb golf came to a close last night as Patrick Reed won the 2018 US Masters and his first ever major.

The American shot a stellar 15-under score that was just three shots shy of the course record set by Tiger Woods in 1997, and Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Rickie Fowler finished second with Spieth third. Rory McIlroy – chasing a Grand Slam of majors – blew out on the final round finishing up tied-fifth at 9-under.

It was Reed who played the most consistent golf over the four days. But there was plenty of excellent play from all over the field. We take a look at five of the best moments from Augusta National…

Fowler sinks a giant 66-footer

Rickie Fowler left himself with it all to do at the 6th on Friday. The American was going well at 2-under for the tournament but needed a par to remain there.

At 66ft out, he was looking at a bogey or possible double-bogey. However Fowler sunk the putt and sunk it with authority, nailing it from the far side of the green.

Rory’s eagle on eight

There are few things as exhilarating as a chip-in eagle and Rory McIlroy bagged a beauty at the 8th that brought him level with Reed at 9-under.

It wasn’t the sweetest of strikes as the ball took a double-bounce before speeding straight at the cup and plopping in, but it was mega all the same.

Sergio’s meltdown on 15

Okay, it’s maybe not one of the best moments, but Sergio Garcia’s meltdown at the 15th on the opening day will live long in the memory.

The reigning Masters champion took 13 strokes after hitting five balls into the water.

It meant the Spaniard had no chance of making the cut. To make matters worse, he had to hang around for an awkward couple of days to present the Green Jacket.

Hoffman’s hole-in-one

Charley Hoffman’s stunning shot at the 16th in the final round was the first hole-in-one of the tournament.

The San Diego native’s six-iron approach took a bit of a dog leg as it thudded onto the green. The ball swung towards the hole and landed straight into the cup to rapturous celebrations.

Spieth’s stunning final round

We couldn’t finish up the top five moments without mentioning Jordan Spieth. The 24-year-old was simply stunning on the final day and so nearly caught Reed on the back-nine of the final round.

He shot a superb 64. But it was arguably his finish at the 16th that summed up his performance. The Texan sunk a mammoth putt for birdie to tie Reed for the lead.

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Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.