Entering the field as the 12th ranked golfer in the world, England’s Danny Willett became the 2016 Masters Champion Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia. Edging the frontrunner and last year’s champion Jordan Spieth, Willett has not only taken home his first green jacket but also his first ever win at a major.
Adding to the misery of Spieth’s collapse during the fourth and final round, he concluded the outing by bestowing the coveted green jacket upon Willett as is tradition.
After shooting a 70, 74 and 72 – respectively – through the first three rounds, Willett shot a 67 Sunday, his best career round at The Masters. Tallying a final score of -5, he finished tied for 38th place in last year’s Masters before transforming into a champion in 2016.
Prior to Sunday’s victory, Willett had four professional wins under his belt while his previous career-best conclusion came at the 2015 Open Championship behind a sixth place finish.
On the other hand, Spieth led the field for seven consecutive rounds entering Sunday as he topped the charts during each round last year as well as the first three of this year’s tournament. The 22-year-old’s eventual downfall stemmed from a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole as his lead had previously extended to five shots at one point during the final round.
Additionally, Spieth was looking to become the youngest player ever to win two Masters titles while he would have been the fourth to win it all in back-to-back years. Spieth went on to finish tied for second place with another Englishman in Lee Westwood as both finished with overall scores of -2.
In addition to the top of the leaderboard, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy both finished tied for 10th place by each shooting +1 overall. Day entered play as the top ranked golfer in the world while McIlroy ranked third.