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Tiger Woods has made a promise to Patrick Reed after his Masters win

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Patrick Reed probably wasn't most fans' pick to win the Masters.

The 27-year-old was ranked number 24 in the world before heading to Augusta but kept his nerve to finish on -15 and earn the green jacket.

Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy all threatened to catch him up, but his success means that all four men's majors have now been won by US golfers for the first time in 14 years.

Spieth deserved particular credit for the way in which he got himself back into contention, while McIlroy must be kicking himself for failing to seal the Grand Slam, with his putting a little off on the final day.

As the pair faced off in the final rounds, it was reminiscent of the 2016 Ryder Cup, when Reed also got the last laugh over McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman would have been a popular winner this time around, yet Reed must have won some admirers.

The man nicknamed 'Captain America' isn't quite a hate figure, but his personality has often come under fire in some quarters.

Many felt it was an unnecessary touch of arrogance when he compared himself to "legends", putting himself in the same bracket as Tiger Woods and suggesting he was in the top-five players in the world.

Woods' message to Reed 

To be fair, he's backed up all his big talk. In fact, Woods himself doesn't appear to have taken issue with him and sent him a congratulatory tweet promising him a place on the team for the 2019 US President's Cup:

The Presidents' team won't be in action for another 20 months but Woods may well have been keeping track of his compatriot since they played together in 2016.

Of course, Woods can never guarantee what he'll be doing in a year's time and it was truly remarkable that he overcame so many problems, off the course and on, to feature in the Masters.

The 42-year-old's performance was ultimately disappointing - depending on what you were expecting of him - but Reed must be delighted nonetheless to receive such a class message from the veteran, who he describes as his idol - in addition to the $2 million prize money.

Are you happy with Reed's Masters win? Have your say in the comments. 

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Tiger Woods
US Masters
Golf
Rory McIlroy

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