Former Gamecock Weillett wins Masters

Former Gamecock Danny Willett won the Masters Golf Tournament Sunday at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga.

Willett, who was a standout, and all-OVC play in 2006 and 2007, shot a 67 on the final day.

Jordan Spieth, who he trailed for the entire tournament, awarded him his green jacket.

A breakdown by Spieth on the final day allowed Willett to take the lead thanks to back-to-back birdies.

“It’s awesome,” Willett told CBS aftwards, according to a JSU news release.

“We played great golf today, and it’s been a fantastic week. You can’t really describe the emotions and the feelings. We all go out there trying to play good golf, and at the end of the day somebody has to win the golf tournament. Fortunately today was my day.”

Willett ended the day Saturday with a 216 through 54 holes, while Spieth was leading the tournament with 213.

Willett shot an even par through the first five holes Sunday, managing to move to two under par with birdies on holes six and eight. He started catching up to Spieth, who was five under.

Spieth bogeyed holes 10 and 11, before quadruple bogeying hole 12. He then birdied 13 and 15, but bogeyed again on 17. Spieth pared hole 18 to tie Lee Westwood and Paul Casey for second place.

Willett took advantage of the opportunity he was given to take the lead away from Spieth.

He was able to birdie three of the last six holes to move to a final score of five under. In a press release by JSU, Willett’s JSU golf coach James Hobbs said,

“There was always an argument in the van between Danny and my American players about what the biggest major was. Danny always said The Open was the biggest, and my American players argued that it was The Masters. I can’t wait to ask him that question again, because I think he may have a different answer after today.”

Willet is only the second Englishman to win at Augusta National, and the first European to win the Masters since José Olazábal of Spain won in 1999.

Timothy Cash
Sports Editor

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