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After Tigermania, there was Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, and Jordan Spieth.
No doubt the galleries (not to mention television network executives) came to Augusta National hoping, if not expecting to see a glimpse of the new and improved Tiger Woods. A glimpse they might have gotten, with Tiger shooting one-over par during the course of the first two rounds. However, unlike the Tiger of old, he was unable to sustain it, finishing 32nd and ranking 88 in the world.
The drama at this Masters was provided on Sunday by two 2016 Ryder Cup teammates and a player who at one point in his career was anointed “the next Tiger.” The last time Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed provided fans with classic golf, they were part of the team that wrested the fabled trophy away from the Europeans on a historic weekend two years ago in Minnesota.
After Spieth faded to third, Reed and Fowler battled on Sunday, trading shots and putts back and forth, with Reed ultimately prevailing by one shot.
As he was fitted with the Green Jacket afterward, Reed revealed why becoming a Masters Champion may only be the second proudest moment of his life. The first was the well documented story of how he saved his wife, Justine who also is his caddy), after a seizure before the ambulance arrived.
In short, the 2018 Masters proved that while golf may be more interesting when Tiger Woods is near the top of the Leaderboard, there is no shortage of drama even when he is not in contention for the win.