In the weeks leading up to the Masters, Danny Willett was not even sure if he would play as the Englishman was expecting the birth of a child the weekend of the tournament.  Willett’s son ended up being born 10 days early which allowed him to play and successfully earn his first green jacket and major title.

Meanwhile defending champion Jordan Spieth led through each of the first three rounds before losing a six shot lead on the back nine.  Spieth made bogeys at the 10th and 11th holes and then on the 12th the already 2 time major winner hit his tee shot into the water.  Spieth appeared visibly rattled by the slipup and went onto hit another ball into the water and recording a quadruple bogey seven on the hole.  Spieth would birdie two holes on the home stretch but missed a short birdie attempt at the 16th before bogeying the 17th which ended his title defense chances. 

No one expected such a collapse by arguably the best player in the world, Spieth has shown poise and immense talent and ability since breaking through at last year’s Masters.  Spieth finished second for the second time in three years and hopes to turn things around in the next Major of the year, the U.S. Open championship.  Willett however played exceptionally well in the final round, birding three of the last six holes as Spieth failed to recover from his meltdown on the twelfth hole.  Willett had no bogeys in his final round and matched the best score of the weekend with a five under par 67.  The victory by Willett is the first Masters win by a European in 17 years when Nick Faldo capitalized on Greg Norman’s epic final round collapse.

Meanwhile Lee Westwood got to within one shot with an eagle on the 15th before losing his chances with a three putt bogey on the next hole.  Dustin Johnson also came close despite four putting the fifth hole, Johnson had eagle putts on the 13th and 15th holes that could’ve made the difference and when he double bogeyed the 17th holes his chances too were gone. 

Willett’s victory moved him up to number 9 in the world golf rankings.     

Published by Ville Iso-Ahola