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Danny Willet Snatches 2016 Masters Green Jacket from Jordan Spieth
By Sam Goode - April 14, 2016
After a remarkable five-under-par 67, Danny Willet was able to take advantage of Jordan Spieth’s poor performance and win the 2016 Masters.
Willet was the second Englishman to win the green jacket. The first was won by Nick Faldo back in 1996.
Willet and the Green Jacket
Even before the claiming the green jacket at the 2016 Masters, Willet has been considered as one of the fastest rising stars in golf. In less than two years he was able to climb from outside the top 100 into the top 10.
Golf betting online was certainly not what most expected. Almost everyone was rooting for Spieth, and few believed that Willet will win his first major win.
The 2016 Masters was only the second time he appeared on the Augusta course which many consider as unforgiving. Moreover, his participation was only confirmed last week since his wife Nicole was about to give birth to their baby. So his followers were on a nail-biting wait to place wagers on the best golf betting sites.
His baby, Zachariah, may have wanted his dad to win since he came out earlier than expected. This meant that Willet would not have to stay at home with his wife to wait for the delivery and that he would be able to join the tournament.
Despite being three behind Spieth last Sunday, he was given a fighting chance when he was able to open the tournament with rounds of 70, 74 and 72.
With a birdie at the eighth, he was able to move just a stroke behind Spieth. The dramatic climax unfolded on the back nine when his incredible bogey sent him to a five-under-par 67 finish.
Joining Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to win the Masters at Augusta Willet shared, “Words can't really describe the emotions. I've won a couple of golf tournaments around the world, but this is just a different league. It's a major. It's the Masters.”
This can be considered as completely unexpected, and we are yet to tell what happens next for Willet. He may go on the following year to on a back-to-back win or he may even end up being one of the highest paid athletes in the world.
Spieth’s Unprecedented Defeat
For many years, people have been placing golf bets on Ladbrokes Sport and other bookies in favour of Jordan Spieth. People have been anticipating for him to win his second Masters. He was able to take the lead into the final round and even extended it to five shots, but he eventually dropped six shots in three holes.
Spieth finished with a one-over 73, tying with Lee Westwood in second place.
Westwood won his second Masters runners-up after finishing the final day with a three-under 69.
On the other hand, this event will be best remembered as Spieth’s surprising meltdown. He was cruising, carding four birdies before he was struck by disaster on the twelfth. He found the water twice and the bunker. Finishing with a quadruple-bogey, he was left three shots off the pace of eventual winner Willet.
After performing the gut-wrenching task of putting the green jacket over Willet’s shoulders Spieth remarked, “This one will hurt. It will take a while.”
Spieth shared that the match was a “tough one.” He felt that the two bogeys won’t hurt him especially since his lead was five and there was still nine holes to play.
Spieth added, “I didn't take that extra deep breath and really focus on my line on 12. Instead I went up and I just put a quick swing on it.”
How do you think will Spieth and Willet fare on the 2017 Masters? We’ll have to wait and see! Until then, don’t forget to check golf betting odds at Ladbrokes Sport!