Willett joins Ford, Phil for final-round heroics


Danny Willett accomplished something on Sunday that only two other players have done in the long, storied history of the Masters, shooting a bogey-free 67 to win. Only Phil Mickelson in 2010 and Doug Ford in 1957 have shot a bogey-free round of 5 under or better to win at Augusta National. Ford shot a 66 to beat third-round leader Sam Snead by three shots. Mickelson, one shot behind Lee Westwood after 54 holes, shot a 67 to beat the Englishman by three.

Some other notes and nuggets, provided by Golf Channel’s research department:

• Willett became the fourth major champion in the past 20 years to shoot a bogey-free 67 or better in the final round. The others are Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy.

• Europeans dominated the Masters in the 1980s and ’90s, winning 11 times between 1980 and 1999. But Willett is the first Euro to win since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

• Willett is only the second Englishman to win the Masters, joining three-time champion Nick Faldo.

Jordan Spieth’s disastrous quadruple-bogey-7 at the 12th hole was the first quad or worse on a par 3 in his pro career.

• Spieth’s T-2 finish was his second consecutive runner-up finish in a major (2015 PGA).

• Spieth recorded his fifth consecutive top-5 finish in a major.

• After shooting par or better in his first nine rounds of the Masters, Spieth has been over par in his last three rounds.

• Spieth was only the second defending champion to hold the outright 54-hole lead, joining Ben Hogan (1954). Both finished second.

• Lee Westwood, who tied Spieth for second, recorded his ninth top-3 finish in a major championship. That’s the most such finishes without a win in the modern era. Westwood now has three top-3 finishes in the Masters, all since 2010.

Dustin Johnson (T-4) recorded his fifth career top-5 finish in a major (all since 2010). He is still looking for his first major win.