This year in Augusta was one of the more exciting finishes in recent years with Danny Willett taking down defending champion Jordan Spieth.
Englishman Danny Willett shot an astounding 67 in his voyage to don the green jacket. He’s the first British golfer to achieve this major in 20 years. Willett shot five under par as Spieth struggled in the final round.
Defending young gun Jordan Spieth led by five shots overnight going into the final round. Spieth won his first major last year in Augusta becoming the second youngest to Tiger Woods to take this victory. He was only 22 years old.
While the defending champion looked comfortable in the first few days of golf, he had a meltdown on hole 12 that was painful to watch. The superstar shot an unimpressive quadruple bogey on par three.
Willett got hot at the right time and finished off clutch in the final round. He was too much for the defending champion Spieth that hit two balls into the water on hole 12.
Spieth was struggling on the tenth and eleventh holes as well. “He twice found the water in front of the green as he carded a quadruple bogey seven – to follow successive bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes” according to BBC Sports.
While Spieth failed to convert on the final day, this is not to take away from Willett’s excellent performance. Willett has been doing consistently well over the past two years. “He climbed from outside the top 100 to inside the top 10 in less than two years” according to BBC Golf.
Willett earned a Masters in only his second appearance at the tournament. In fact, Willett almost did not even play in the tournament. “Willett almost missed the tournament due to his wife Nicole’s pregnancy, but she gave birth via c-section in March” as reported by ESPN Golf.
As usual, there were some incredibly exciting shots to watch at the Masters. For example, Vijay Singh had an ace that skipped across the water multiple times.
Nick Faldo also channeled his inner Happy Gilmore with a putt from the famous Adam Sandler comedy that left the announcers speechless. It went one way and curved all the way around to find a way into the hole.
In the end of it all, it was an exciting April in Augusta. There’s a new champion donning the jacket in Danny Willett. He is the second representative from his country and hopes to start a trend in European golf.