The Newsroom reviews the US Masters, where Englishman Danny Willett won his first green jacket after a sensational late round collapse from defending champion Jordan Spieth.
Spieth held a five-shot lead with nine holes to play in the final round, and looked set to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles and put his name alongside Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, and Nick Faldo.
Bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes saw his lead shrink to three before disaster struck. Spieth’s tee shot to the par three 12th hole landed in the creek in front of the green, forcing him to take a drop and a one stroke penalty. The trouble didn’t stop there, as his next shot again found the water. When it was all over, he walked away with a quadruple bogey (+4) and trailed Willett by one stroke.
While Spieth’s round was unravelling, Willett was putting together the round of his life. The relatively unknown Englishman plays the majority of his golf on the European tour, and despite being twelfth in world rankings, he was more than a 100–1 shot to win the title. Willett birdied three of his last six holes to finish his round five under (-5) and collect England’s first green jacket since 1996 by three shots from Spieth and Lee Westwood.
Australia’s world number one Jason Day will be ruing a number of missed opportunites, having been in contention on day one before dropping five shots in three holes to drop back to midfield. He finished tied for 10th and as the top ranked Australian at one over (+1), while former winner Adam Scott finished in a distant 42nd at 11 over (+11). – Luke Cullen
Photo of champion Danny Willett from the Masters Tournament Twitter feed.