English Golfer Danny Willett Wins The Masters
Golfer Danny Willett has won the Masters at Augusta, his first major title and the first win by an Englishman in 20 years.
The 28-year-old shot a closing 67 for a 5-under 283 total with defending champion Jordan Spieth tied for second with another Englishman Lee Westwood both three shots back.
Willett, a four-times winner on the European Tour competing in his second Masters, birdied three of the last six holes to cap off a bogey-free display and become only the second Englishman to win the coveted Green Jacket and $1.8m top prize, following three-times champion Nick Faldo.
Willett had been in doubt for the year’s first major before his wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s first child.
Her due date had been Sunday but the baby, named Zachariah James, was instead born by C-section a week ahead of the tournament.
After his win, he said: “You can’t really describe your emotions and feelings.
“Someone has got to win and today was my day.
“I played great golf. It has been a fantastic week.
“It was just a very surreal day… and a crazy, crazy week.”
The Sheffield man, who is the son of a vicar, left school at 16 and quit a local college course after a month, declaring that he “hated it”. He then made the move to the US, attending Jacksonville State in Alabama for two years.
Spieth, the American world number two, had stormed five strokes in front with nine holes to play and victory seemingly assured when he bogeyed the 10th and 11th before running up a nightmare seven at the par-three 12th.
He appeared to fight back tears as he told CBS: “It’s tough, really tough.
“Four birdies in a row and I knew that even par (on the back nine) is good by at least a shot and sometimes that makes it hard.
“You go away from the game plan and start playing conservative.
“A few weak swings and suddenly I am not leading any more.”