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Patrick Reed explains how he felt when the crowd gave Rory McIlroy bigger cheers

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-14 17:58:01

Patrick Reed has won the 2018 Masters after maintaining his lead since the second round.

The American partly had Rory McIlroy to thank for fading away, eventually topping the leaderboard at the expense of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

Reed's success was met with courteous applause by the Atlanta crowd - something which might appear strange given his role in the US Ryder Cup team.

In round four, as he was paired with McIlroy, it might have put a slight dampener on proceedings when he heard the Northern Irishman receiving the biggest cheer.

Perhaps it was the 27-year-old's checkered history that has turned fans off him.

In 2014, for example, he was forced to apologise after uttering a homophobic slur in Shanghai, a blemish on his reputation that many haven't forgotten.

Yet, he insists that not being the people's champion didn't bother him when he was up against McIlroy.

Reed responds to fan favourite McIlroy 

"I walked up to the first tee and had a really welcoming cheer from the fans but then when Rory walked up to the tee, his cheer was a little louder," he said, via the Guardian.

"But that’s another thing that just kind of played into my hand. Not only did it fuel my fire a little bit, but also, it just takes the pressure off of me and adds it back to him.

“I think that’s the biggest thing going into a Sunday, especially trying to win, for me trying to win my first; for him, trying to win the career Grand Slam, it’s who is going to handle the pressure and who is going to have more pressure on them."

McIlroy must have been incredibly frustrated not to have managed the Grand Slam, especially considering the fine position he found himself in ahead of the final day.

Perhaps Reed is right that the extra scrutiny worked against his rival, adding:

“Honestly, I felt like a lot of that pressure was kind of lifted and kind of taken off of me. The fans, yes, were cheering for me, but some of them were cheering more for Rory.

"At the same time, you had a lot of the guys picking him to win over me, and it’s just kind of one of those things that the more kind of chatter you have in your ear and about expectations and everything, the harder it is to play golf.

“I don’t think it’s really as much a popularity thing with the fans as it is that Rory has been in this position before to win here. When I was overseas, they will cheer for good golf no matter what. It’s the same thing here. If you hit quality golf shots, they are going to cheer."

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