The Masters Day 4 – Patrick Reed Brings It Home

(Updated At Bottom With Swing Analysis)

This is likely the best shot Rory McIlroy will have to complete his Grand Slam quest in some time, because how many times will he be 1 shot back of the lead through 2 holes of the Final Round of the Masters?

Not saying he won’t get it done if he falls short today, but you only get so many chances and he’s in prime position to do it.

As I write, Rory has come off bogey to come within 1 of Patrick Reed, but Jon Rahm lurks 3 off the lead at -10, so I’m thinking one of those 3 players will be the Masters Champion of 2018 come the end of the day.

I’m Thinking This Guy…


My money is on Rory as the only major winner in the last 2 groups, so unless Reed can tame the nerves (bogey on 1, par on the par 5 second), I give it to experience. **

Nonetheless, a hot round from one of the chasers might put the pressure on, so we’ll have to see.

Open Thread, and I’m going back to the coverage.  A good Sunday to you all.

** Update: And just as I post this, Reed birdies 3 and Rory bogeys, so it’s back to a 3 stroke lead for Reed!

The plot thickens…

**Update # 2 – Patrick Reed’s Swing

Here’s the update on yesterday’s action with a look at P.R.’s swing:

Aaaaand…that’s why they play the 18 holes to determine the winner.

Rory McIlroy was 3 strokes behind at the start, yes, but was within 1 stroke after 2 holes, and just couldn’t bring it home.

That’s not the first time the Masters final day pressure got to him. Perhaps he’ll get another chance for the career slam!

Rickie Fowler with a great 67 and massive birdie putt on 18 to come close. Didn’t crack.

Reed did just enough to win it, but he’s wearing the Green Jacket now, and that’s all that matters when the sun is setting.

Patrick Reed’s Swing

It’s definitely not the worst swing in the world.

Pretty good setup with the right-bias – you’ll notice the very stable head, which creates the “floating pivot” and by that, a stable head through the entire swing, not a “floating heel,” which are two different things.:


A great “floating pivot” and that’s because of his great setup.  A stable head gives you great leverage when you come down and through like he does:

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Patrick Reed is a Classic Golf Swinger!

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You’ve got of course the “Flying Foot Syndrome,” the flying leading foot through impact due to the anchored trailing foot through impact:


This swing move takes timing, and timing swings can suffer under pressure, as you saw with some loose shots yesterday when the heat was on.

But he held it together enough to get across the finish line and having survived that, he’ll likely keep winning, and perhaps at a faster clip, but he’s already won 6 events, one of them the Masters, at 27.

So, he’s got that little leading foot release on the back swing pivot, which means that if he implemented a trailing foot release instead of the flying foot, I would have absolutely nothing negative to say about his swing at all.


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9 thoughts on “The Masters Day 4 – Patrick Reed Brings It Home

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Jess,

      I originally answered your question in this comment, but I’ve moved it into the body of the post in the 2nd Update at the bottom 🙂

  1. D Watts Post author

    Thanks for that, Steve – I didn’t see any foot movement on the face-on angle but should have been more diligent in trying to get an angle shot where you can see the entire foot during the pivot.

    Duly updated.

    So, we can add Patrick Reed to the list of modern players who use the Classic Golf Swing principle of releasing the leading foot on the back swing pivot!

  2. buddhabob

    Reed is an absolute gamer. Cocky, not well liked, which gives him room to be himself and be driven and I like his swing. He uses that big wide-body, especially the legs, for power thru the ball. He looks like he swings easy with a still head and he was very consistent off the tee. Best of all is his incredible touch. What really separates the men from the boys in the Masters seems to be putting. He is a dead eye. And he has a chip on his shoulder. That could make for a repeating champion in my opinion. McElroy does not putt well under pressure. Just like Dustin Johnson. Long and showy off the tee, a Media darling, but he has failed to deliver up to expectations . Often when he sets a putt up he does not look concentrated. There’s a nonchalant attitude about him, no real hunger, just 100s of millions in sponsorships. I DO NOT want this guy in my foxhole sorry.

    If however it was 68′ and the first day of the Tet Offensive I would sure as hell want Jordan Speith commanding my unit. What he did yesterday was simply sensational. He gave every one one of the best Masters of the decade and is without question a giant slayer. I’ve never liked his swing but his level of cool under pressure, his belief in himself and his respect for the game are all off the charts.

    I hope Fowler gets and stays angry for the rest of the year and demands a major. Once he goes there he will break thru. The guy is just too nice. He’s not a ‘Ricki’ anymore. He’s crowding 30 soon enough. It will be time to grow up. When I finally hear that he has duck taped Butch Harmon’s tongue to the roof of his mouth and left him tied up by the roadside near Fargo, I will know he has graduated.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I was rooting for either Mack for the Slam or Reed for the maiden. It was a great day of golf watching and a nail-biter ’til the end!

  3. Tom Settles

    With the boatload of talent in the 22 – 32 year-olds on tour, I just don’t see Tiger winning another major. He will probably win a couple lesser attended tournaments, but I watched him online in CBS Sports Featured Groups for all 4 rounds, and he just doesn’t seem to have the ‘it’ factor, and his putting was pretty bad. Happy that Tiger is back and we’ll always watch him, but Nicklaus’ record is very safe.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I’m in the same boat as yourself, Tom – at least with regards to Nicklaus’ record. TW did come in 2nd in a lower Tour event, with all due respect to the Valspar, so he might pick of a win here or there or on one of his favorite tracks like Torrey or API – but his winning days are over.

      One of WAX Nation has said that a friend of a friend had the same fusion process and was pain-free for about two years before the same problems came back in a different place. Considering TW’s age and how hard he’s swinging right now – if he plays a full slate of events, I’d think he’s more likely to injure his back again than win an event.

      But it’s TW and he won the U.S. Open on a fractured leg and no ACL so I can’t say never! Just very low chances of anything more than a one-or-two-off win.

      DJ

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