There was only one way that England’s Danny Willett could absolutely assure himself the Omega Masters title on Sunday in a thick field of contenders: Don’t make any mistakes.
That’s exactly what the 27-year-old did in picking up his second win of the year on the European Tour, shooting his first bogey-free round of the tournament, a 5-under 65.
Willett also won the Nedbank Golf Challenger this year. The Omega is the third title of his career.
He had to staved off two younger bucks from his own neck of the woods to ensure the crown. Twenty-year-old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick finished one stroke back at 16-under and 24-year-old Tyrrell Hatton was two back at -15 after a masterful 62 on Sunday, tying Willett’s second-round effort for the low round of the tournament.
Fitzpatrick was tied for the lead entering the final round, but bogeyed the first hole to play from behind. He got back to even with a birdie on No. 3, then briefly held the lead with another birdie on No. 7. He lost it with a bogey on No. 11, and while he birdied 14 and 15, Willett strung together three straight on 13, 14, and 15. to hold the lead.
Hatton started the day 5 strokes off the led, but made up for it in a hurry, shooting a 29 on the front nine with four birdies and an eagle so it two strokes behind Fitzpatrick and one behind Willett.
He had two more birdies on the back nine, but mostly was probably thinking back to the first day of the tournament when he was 8-under through 16 holes only to triple-bogey No. 18.
Sweden’s Pelle Edberg shot a final-round 63 to finish fourth at 14-under, with Anirban Lahiri fifth and Sergio Garcia wound up sixth, both men with final-round 64s.
Defending champion David Lipsky, who started the day five strokes off the lead, never gave himself a chance to become the first man to repeat as champion in 37 years. He parred the first six holes, before bogeying No. 8 and double-bogeying 14. He finished 3-over for the day and tied for 16th for the tournament.