Willett wins Masters after Spieth collapses

By Will GrayApril 10, 2016, 11:02 pm

Jordan Spieth had one arm in the green jacket - and then Amen Corner took its toll. Here's how things ended up at the Masters, where Danny Willett surged to victory after a shocking collapse from the defending champ:

Leaderboard: Danny Willett (-5), Jordan Spieth (-2), Lee Westwood (-2), Dustin Johnson (-1), Paul Casey (-1), J.B. Holmes (-1)

What it means: Spieth began the day with a one-shot lead, but his advantage ballooned to five after Spieth rattled off four straight birdies on Nos. 6-9. But bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 narrowed the gap, and Spieth had a meltdown on No. 12 where two balls in the water led to a quadruple bogey. That opened the door for Willett, whose bogey-free 67 tied for the day's low round and gave the Englishman his first major title. It also marks the first Masters victory by a European since Jose Maria Olazabal took home his second green jacket in 1999.

Round of the day: Willett started five shots back, and he remained five back at the turn. But birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 coincided with Spieth's collapse, and Willett struck a crisp shot on No. 16 to set up another birdie. After pars on the closing two holes, he set the clubhouse mark that Spieth and others ultimately were unable to match.


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Best of the rest: Willett wasn't the only Englishman playing well in the final round, as Matthew Fitzpatrick matched his 67 to close out his Masters debut. The 21-year-old was 4 over for the week standing on the 14th tee, but he rattled off four birdies over his final five holes to finish the week at even par, tied for seventh and good enough to earn an invite to next year's tournament.

Biggest disappointment: Make no mistake, this was a monumental collapse for Spieth and brought back images of Greg Norman's demise on the same track 20 years ago. After leading the entire week, he appeared to have the championship on ice before coming unraveled along Amen Corner. While he rebounded with a pair of birdies coming home, this tournament will be remembered as much as one that Willett won as one that Spieth lost.

Shot of the day: Willett birdied No. 15 as Spieth was coming undone on the par-3 12th, but his tee shot to 7 feet on No. 16 gave him a clear advantage over the chase pack. The subsequent birdie took him to 5 under for the week and gave him a two-shot lead he would not relinquish.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.