Every now and then in the game of golf, you see the winner of a tournament have a strong performance on the final day coupled with other contenders not taking advantage of their cushioned lead, or being able to keep pace.
That happened as the 80th Masters Tournament came to a close on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia as Englishman Danny Willett stormed passed defending champion and favorite Jordan Spieth to claim his first green jacket and first major championship.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 10, 2016
Danny Willett is the Masters champion! ️⛳️ pic.twitter.com/xrltXWbr7G
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Willett completed his fourth-round 67 on Sunday without a blemish, recording five birdies to top out at -5 under par. He finished with 13 birdies in the tournament.
Willett was in a tie for 5th place along with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day at E heading into the championship round, three strokes behind Spieth.
As for Jordan, he came into the final round having had the outright lead at Augusta National for seven consecutive rounds, a feat that one had every accomplished before in Masters history. He opened up on Thursday at -6 and continued to gradually work backwards for the remainder of the tournament. With a score of -2 on Friday and -1 on the weekend, Spieth finishes in a tie for 2nd with Lee Westwood at -2 for the tournament.
The big blow to Spieth came on the 12th hole, when he posted a quadruple bogey, a 7-shot hole where he hit the ball into the water twice and another into the bunker. He birdied the final four holes on the front nine to push to -7, but then a pair of bogies followed up by the +4 on the 12th ultimately did him in.
Here is the Jordan Spieth quadruple bogey at the 12th of Augusta National https://t.co/55zkYwl5k1
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) April 10, 2016
As for the Englishman Willett, he was not the only one from across the pond to perform well at The Masters this weekend, particularly on Sunday. Three PGA golfers from England finished in the top 5 of the leaderboard, and five in the top 10 overall. The five that finished in the top 10 combined shot -20 under par on Sunday.
Willett, who is no stranger to the world of golf ranking No. 12, earns his third top-5 finish on the Tour for the 2016 season, and has finished no worse than 28th in all five of his events so far this season.