Patrick Reed says crowd favouring Rory McIlroy spurred him to Masters glory

by Theguardian

• American says louder cheers for rival ‘fuelled my fire a little bit’• McIlroy: ‘I think 100% I can come back and win here’

Patrick Reed said the knowledge that he was a crowd underdog inspired him towards Masters glory. The 27-year-old, who emerged victorious over Rickie Fowler by a single shot at Augusta National, was well aware the runner-up, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all seemed favoured by the galleries during Masters Sunday. Despite being a key part of the United States Ryder Cup equation, Reed has never been embraced by fans.

With Reed and McIlroy paired together in round four, it was the Northern Irishman who drew by far the louder cheers as the duo were announced at the 1st hole. McIlroy was to slip to a 74, three worse than Reed, as his wait for Masters glory continues.

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