The due date of his son Zachariah – April 10, 2016 – meant one thing all those months ago to the UK’s Danny Willett: He would have to skip the 2016 Masters.
But when his wife gave birth early – 11 days to be exact – Willett decided to go ahead and travel across the Atlantic to participate in the first Major of the year.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Willett was absolutely brilliant on Sunday and took advantage of Jordan Spieth’s epic meltdown a- a quadruple bogey 7 on No. 12 – to win The Masters by three strokes, finishing 5-under for both the round and the tournament, becoming only the second British man to win Augusta, and the first since Nick Faldo did so in 1996.
Spieth, who was 4-over in his final three rounds, finished tied with Lee Westwood at 2-under. He has finished second, first, and second in his first three Masters.
Willett, on the cusp of super-stardom last year on the European Tour, but overshadowed in the Race to Dubai series by Rory McIlroy, had no peers on Sunday, which also happened to be his wife’s birthday. He cemented the win with birdies on 13, 14, and 16, unaware he had taken the lead as Spieth followed up four birdies to end the front nine with a sequence of bogey, bogey, quadruple bogey to star the back.