(AP) – Danny Willett wins the 80th Masters after Jordan Spieth’s collapse.
Willett shot a closing 67 for a 5-under 283 total. He was assured of his first major title when Spieth made bogey at the 17th hole.
Willett was all smiles, having recently become a new father.
Now, he’s a Masters champion and only the second Englishman to win the green jacket.
Willett says “it was just a very surreal day … and a crazy, crazy week.”
Spieth seemed certain to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National when he made the turn with a commanding five-shot lead. But, in less than an hour, he had totally thrown it away, handing the championship to Willett.
Willett closed with a 67 for a 5-under 283, beating Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes.
Spieth will be kicking himself for a while about this one. After consecutive bogeys at the 10th and 11th, he dumped two shots into the water at the 12th for a quadruple-bogey 7. Just like that, he went from five shots ahead to three shots behind.
Spieth tried to rally, but a bogey at No. 17 ended any hopes of a comeback.