Willett-Westwood pairing benefits both


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Beginning the final round three groups in front of the leader is never the optimal position, but Danny Willett's Round 4 pairing with Lee Westwood at the Masters was something of an advantage.

The two Englishmen are represented by International Sports Management and have played plenty of rounds together, in tournaments and practice.

“I couldn't have asked for a better pairing, really, for a Sunday in a major when you're both in contention,” Willett said following his three-stroke victory on Sunday. “We both played some great golf. We were kind of egging each other on to do well.”

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The pairing also appeared to be beneficial for Westwood, who finished tied for second with Jordan Spieth. Westwood has struggled this year, missing the cut in three of the four events he’d played before the Masters.

His runner-up showing is Westwood’s best finish in a major since the 2010 Open Championship, and he could take some solace in losing to Willett, who executed brilliantly down the stretch.

“He hit very few poor shots. I guess he hit it pretty much the way he wanted to all day,” Westwood said.