Masters 2016: Danny Willett Pips Jordan Spieth to the Green Jacket at Augusta

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Masters 2016: Danny Willett Pips Jordan Spieth to the Green Jacket at Augusta
Masters 2016: Danny Willett Pips Jordan Spieth to the Green Jacket at Augusta

Masters final leaderboard (US unless stated)
-5 D Willett (Eng) -2 L Westwood (Eng), J Spieth; -1 P Casey (Eng), JB Holmes, D Johnson; Level M Fitzpatrick (Eng),
S Kjeldsen (Den), J Day (Aus), H Matsuyama (Jpn)

It did look for a while like the 50th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus becoming the first backto-back winner would be celebrated by Spieth matching the achievement. But other factors were at play. It was 20 years since Faldo won England’s last Green Jacket, and 30 years since Nicklaus won with his son Jackie on the bag wearing caddie number 89. Willett’s caddie Jonathan Smart was, needless to say, wearing 89. Some things are just meant to be. Danny Willett shot a flawless 67 to win the Green Jacket after a thrilling final round as Jordan Spieth imploded around Amen Corner. The Englishman claimed his maiden major by three shots to become the first Briton to win the Masters for 20 years. Defending champion and overnight leader Spieth, 22, led by five shots as he approached the 10th at Augusta, but then dropped six shots in three holes.

The American ended with a one-over 73, tying for second with Lee Westwood. Westwood, another Englishman, carded a three-under 69 on the final day to earn his second Masters runners-up finish. But Spieth will be left ruing a remarkable collapse on the iconic par-three 12th, twice finding the water in front of the green to eventually card a quadruple bogey. That catapulted Willett, 28, into the outright lead; one that he would not relinquish. The world number 12, playing three groups ahead of Spieth, received a standing ovation as he walked towards the 18th green, on the way towards emulating fellow Englishman Nick Faldo in 1996. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, in his first Master’s appearance, finished with a total of three over par in a performance that will do his international reputation no harm.

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