News ID: 139432
Published: 0713 GMT April 12, 2016

Danny Willett's Masters 2016 victory 'no fluke'

Danny Willett's Masters 2016 victory 'no fluke'

"Swing and Abyss" was the headline in USA Today, summing up an American verdict that the story of the 80th Masters was Jordan Spieth's extraordinary back nine meltdown.

Yet taking this view ignores a performance worthy of major glory from a player who was ready to win at the highest level. Danny Willett's triumph was no fluke.

While the wider sporting public can now wake up to the fact that the UK has a new golfing hero, those close to the game have been more than aware of the talents of the 28-year-old from Sheffield, BBC reported.

Willett had served his time to win his first major. Furthermore, he demonstrated a precious killer instinct to pounce on the back nine at Augusta when the opportunity presented itself.

Spieth handed over the initiative as his once five-stroke advantage drowned in Rae's Creek on the 12th hole, but the Englishman capitalized with the ruthlessness of the finest champions.

He looked up at the scoreboard on his way to the 16th tee to see that he was now leading the tournament. The next stop was an on-course portable toilet.

"I needed to go, but it was probably a good thing," he told the BBC. "It gave me a couple of minutes to be with myself, albeit in the bathroom.

"I just had a think about what we were doing and then just said 'you know what Dan, head back down, get a number, hit a golf shot and carry on'.

"I actually said to myself it's just five shots. Tee shot into 16 and then the shots to 17 and 18."

The one he hit to the 16th was probably the shot of his life. It set up the six-foot birdie putt that, once slotted, piled the pressure onto the regrouping Spieth.

 

The defending champion was left with too much to do down the stretch and that's why the young American had to put the famous green jacket onto the shoulders of the English champion.

Willett took up the game as a boy and would be dropped off at his local club to play all day during his school holidays. He would routinely beat his brothers, quickly outdriving them by 80 yards or so.

 

 

   
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