Willett captures Masters after stunning Spieth collapse
England’s Danny Willett was a shock winner of the 80th Masters, firing a bogey-free, five-under par 67 for a three-shot victory after a back-nine collapse by defending champion Jordan Spieth.
The 28-year-old Englishman, who shared 38th last year in his Masters debut, on Sunday captured the green jacket symbolic of victory at Augusta National as well as a USD 1.8 million top prize from the USD 10 million purse.
“You can’t really describe your emotions and feelings. Someone has got to win and today was my day,” Willett said.
“I played great golf. It has been a fantastic week.”
Willett, five down to Spieth with six holes to play, birdied the par-5 13th, par-4 14th and par-3 16th to charge into the clubhouse while the 22-year-old American endured a nightmare meltdown with bogeys at 10 and 11 and a quadruple bogey at the par-3 12th.
“I just put a couple of weak swings on it and suddenly I’m not leading anymore,” said Spieth. “I’ll be disappointed with that one.