Spieth: Willett 'earned' Masters win


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Danny Willett won the Masters. Jordan Spieth lost a chance to win it with a disastrous 12th-hole performance in the final round.

But even Spieth gets miffed when someone doesn’t give Willett the ultimate credit for doing what he had to do to claim his first major championship.

“I was obviously very happy for him, and he 100 percent earned his Masters win,” Spieth said Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass. “It really bugs me when people are trying to take that maybe away from him or shoot it down.

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“The questions have been asked to him, ‘do you think this will go down as you winning or him losing,’ and that’s absolute bull, because he won and he earned it.”

Willett made birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 Sunday at Augusta National although most of the key shots were made before Spieth’s Waterloo.

“There’s a lot of people who were very happy the way it turned out, people that are fans of Danny, close to him,” Spieth said. “Again, he earned it.”