Danny Willett held strong on his way to a 5-under finish during the final round at Augusta National to win the Masters, three strokes clear of Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood.
Nine holes away from another start-to-end victory, defending Masters champion threw it all away on Amen Corner. Spieth had a five-stroke lead heading into the 10th before dropping six strokes over the next three holes.
Making the meltdown even more painful for Spieth was the fact that he had to go to Butlin Cabin and to the 18th green ceremony to present the Green Jacket to Willett.
“It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again,” Spieth said.
The wardrobe transfer is usually a formality. It’s not common that the previous year’s champion is so closely tied with the final outcome of the competition.
Spieth, who at the age of 22 has one Masters win and two runner-up finishes under his belt, handled the exchange with his usual professionalism and humility. It was a situation that had to be awkward for both parties involved.
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