COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during April earned golfer Patrick Reed (Spring, Texas), marathoner Desiree Linden (Chula Vista, California) and Jamie Sinclair’s curling rink Best of April honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Reed was crowned the Masters champion in a tight competition in Augusta, Georgia. The 2016 Olympian needed a two-putt finish for the win and sunk the shot to edge fellow Olympian Rickie Fowler by one stroke. Reed finished with a 15-under 273 after his final-round 71 to take home the green jacket. The victory marked his first major title, making him the first American to win the Masters since Jordan Spieth took the crown in 2015.
Linden made history at the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. The two-time Olympian battled brutal weather conditions with heavy rain, chilly temperatures and gusting winds to cross the finish line in 2:39:54. After finishing second by just two seconds in 2011, Linden clinched her first major marathon title in Boston, besting the field by more than five minutes. She is the first U.S. woman to accomplish the feat since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach claimed the title in 1985.
In another historic event this month, the Jamie Sinclair rink became the first American curling team to win a Grand Slam of Curling event, winning the 2018 Players’ Championship in Ontario. The U.S. team of Sinclair (St. Paul, Minnesota), Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minnesota), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minnesota) defeated Canada’s Jennifer Jones rink, which had been riding a 27-game win streak after winning the Women’s World Championship title in March. After topping the Canadians, 7-2, Team USA finished the tournament with 6-2 record, improving to a No. 6 world ranking.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.
About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.