The 28-year-old Briton, a 66-1 outsider at the start of the week, made the most of a stunning back-nine collapse by American Spieth to capture the coveted Masters green jacket at Augusta National on Sunday. There are far greater struggles that exist in this world than not winning the Masters.
“A dream of mine was to win major championships and that’s what I dedicated myself to do, to work hard and gain that self belief it one day might happen and weirdly, three days ago, that’s exactly what did happen”.
“My heart goes out to him for what happened, but I know that Jordan is a young man who will certainly learn from this experience and there will be some good that comes out of this for him”. Moments later, Danny Willett looked up at the large leaderboard at the 15th green and couldn’t believe what he saw. “What an awesome couple of weeks for him”. ― Reuters picMANCHESTER, April 12 ― Danny Willett returned to England today promising to take his shock Masters title win in his stride as he arrived at Manchester Airport to the glare of television cameras.
“Ho pefully I can be sat here again at some point in my life”.
Spieth looked to be in the driver’s seat after he took a five-shot lead into the back nine. I’m sure he can’t wait for the next major which will be the US Open and then on to the British Open. It’s what you practice for and it’s what you play for.
Danny Willett is a talented player and a rightfully deserving champion.
“I think for me it’s just a momentum boost coming into the rest of the season”, the world number 39 said.
“Apparently the nerves I felt on Sunday compared to the Ryder Cup is massively different”. As a fan of Tiger’s play on the course, it’s hard for me to admit: Golf is moving on from Tiger, and its ultimately what will be best for the game going forward.
“I think I wouldn’t have done as well as I did this year without that. Obviously we’ve had a lot of encouraging messages from a lot of really nice people around the world, offering advice if I need it. We’ve got a lot of good people on our side so hopefully we can just take it in out stride and enjoy it”, he said.
With four birdies already behind him that left Willett, a hyperactive vicar’s son from Sheffield, to keep his cool to hit a precision eight-iron to within seven feet at the par three 16th and hole his birdie putt. Spieth proceeded to bogey the 10th hole, bogey the 11th hole and then quadruple bogey the 12th hole.
“Llangefni is a great place to learn the game and we hope Danny won’t be the last Masters victor to play here!” “I just made bad swing on three holes in a row”. Every golf fan knows that story: Norman began Sunday with a six-shot lead and shot a 78, while the steady Faldo posted a round of 67 for the win.
Willett was an unknown quantity for many before teeing off in the final round, but soon became a household name as Spieth ruefully presented him with the green jacket after a dramatic final day at the first major of the year. He shook my hand like the true gent he is. “He’s a class act to be able to hold face like that, hurting like I imagine he would be”.