Willett Wins Masters

Danny Willett is the 2016 Masters champion after a five-under 67 on Sunday at Augusta to finish -5 overall and triumph by two shots.  Willett was assisted by a Jordan Spieth meltdown at Amen Corner.  The defending champion bogeyed the tenth before repeating the process at the 11th.  But it was the 12th hole that destroyed the Texan’s hopes of a second green jacket.  Spieth quadrupled-bogeyed the par-three 12th to drop from the outright lead (-5) to three behind Willett, who was on a surge up the leaderboard.

Spieth hit the water twice on the 12th before his fifth shot landed in the bunker.  He one-putted by then his hopes had already been dashed.  Willett was the man of the moment, starting the day at even par, five adrift of the American.  

The Englishman went out in 34 and came in in 33 to move into the overall lead but there was still an anxious wait to see how Spieth would fare on the final three holes.  Willett’s worries were ended as last year’s winner ultimately shot a one-over 73 to finish two-under overall, and in a tie for second with Lee Westwood, three shots adrift of the new champion.

Paul Casey, JB Holmes and Dustin Johnson (tied for fourth at -1) were the only other players under par for the week.  Louis Oosthuizen was the highest-placed South African in a tie for 15th at +3 but the day belonged to Willett, who stormed back from five shots down at the start of the round, to win by three shots and collect his first Major title.