British golfer Danny Willett showed composure as he went to score a five under 67 in the fourth round enough for him to win this year’s US Masters golf tournament held at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Willett was a quite player having tallied a two-under 70 in the opening round and then had a disastrous second round with a two-over 74 while the third was a more challenging as he racked up with a one-over 73. The 28-year old Willett fired a 67 in the final round for a total of 283 points winning the prestigious tournament over defending champion Jordan Spieth who tallied 286 points after fumbling in the last three days of action.
Spieth opened the tournament on a high note leading the pack with his six-under 66 but the wind conditions have taken much out of the defending champ as he crashed in the second round with a 74 and then the third and fourth round with identical 73s, which was not enough for him to retain his title. He would even go down tied with British Lee Westwood.
ABC news reported that Willett, who was also expecting a baby with wife Nicole, stated that the tournament was a “crazy week” for all of them and he could not believe of his remarkable performance at the final stretch of the tournament.
“It was just a very surreal day, it ebbed and flowed. It’s crazy. My son was due today, and he came 12, 13 days earlier, so they were happy for me to come play here. You talk about fate. It’s been a crazy, crazy week,” Willett said.
With the win, Willett becomes the second Englishman to win the green jacket following Nick Faldo, who won the title three times from 1989, 1990 and 1996.
On the other hand, Jordan Spieth had a rough day of competitions and stated that the last three days were worst days of his golfing career adding that he hopes to never the same number again in future competitions.
“It’s tough, really tough. [After] four birdies in a row on the front par, I knew even par was good. Sometimes that makes it hard. You just play a little conservative and I put some weak swings on it. I have no doubt about that ability, I just think it was a really tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again,” Spieth explained.
As Spieth was rather hard on himself, world number one Jason Day could not have greed more with the American golfer as he explained that he was not comfortable with his swing that he only managed to take a one-over 73 in the final round for a 289 finish in 10th place.
“It’s tough to win major championships. So many things and emotions go through your mind. I came out and I just didn’t feel quite comfortable with my swing. And when you’re not quite comfortable with your swing and obviously you start thinking about it rather than trying to just get up there and look at the target and hit at it, it’s hard to kind of get anything going,” Day added.
With that said, Willett goes on to take home the green jacket, the coveted trophy and the $1.8 million prize money in the Masters.