Willett wins Masters after Spieth collapses


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.