The stage was set for Jordan Spieth to capture back-to-back Masters titles. Spieth held on to a five-shot lead on the back nine Sunday. Then the par-3 12th hole happened. The 22-year-old hit a quadruple bogey 7 and just like that Danny Willett would find himself in the driver’s seat.
Willett would go on to win the 2016 Masters at -5, days after he became a new father. Life must be good.
“Life is good, eh. It would be a bit better if I was home with [my family] right now, but unfortunately I’m still over in America, but I’ll be there as soon as I can,” Willett told The Jim Rome Show Monday.
His son came a bit early, and if he hadn’t show up, Willett would not even have been at the Masters. After trailing by three shots coming into the day Sunday, it was quite the comeback to find a way to victory.
“We thought we would need five or six to get somewhere near, but you think that and you try and put it to the back of your head,” said Willett. “All those things can change. We were just trying to shoot the lowest score we could and lucky enough we were able to do that.”
When Willett was done, the waiting game for Spieth to finish began.
“The waiting was tough, obviously,” Willett said. “He’s done some special things and I’ve done some special things. We were just kind of waiting and seeing. Obviously, it never got real until he made bogey on 17 and then it was basically impossible to lose. It was a tricky waiting game, but not too much.”
One of the more intriguing, somewhat awkward moments at the Masters is when last year’s winner puts the green jacket on the newest winner. Surprisingly enough, that meant Spieth, after a collapse, putting the jacket on Willett.
“He was obviously very disappointed, but he handled himself like a true gentleman, like a classy guy like he is,” Willett said. “He shook my hand, said ‘Well played.’ You would expect nothing less from him.”