Masters 2016: Danny Willett claims first major after Jordan Spieth's meltdown
April 11, 2016
(CNN)England's Danny Willett capitalized on an astonishing collapse by defending champion Jordan Spieth to win the 80th Masters after a dramatic final afternoon at Augusta National.
Spieth held a five-shot lead until he dropped six shots in three holes, culminating in a disastrous quadruple bogey on the short 12th, where he found the water twice.
It left Willett in charge and he duly increased his lead with a fearless birdie on the short 16th to go to five-under, a position he held until his triumphant finish.
Congratulations, @Danny_Willett pic.twitter.com/0mL9iMWsp3
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2016
Willett's bogey-free five-under round of 67 left him on five-under 283, three shots clear of Spieth and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood.
The 28-year-old came into the Masters as a four-time winner on the European Tour, but with an indifferent record in the majors, his best tied sixth in last year's British Open.
Read: The final round as it happened
In his only previous appearance at the Masters last year he finished tied 38th and nearly skipped this year's first major with his wife Nicole due to give birth to their first child during the tournament.
The baby boy, Zachariah, was born last week, with proud new father Willett relaying the news on social media before heading to America.
At the presentation of the famed Green Jacket, Willett suggested that he was maybe destined to win.
"My wife was born in ten minutes time 28 years ago, my son was due today and born early to let me come and play, talk about fate, it has just been a crazy week," he said.
Little man getting ready for masters week!!!! @Nicolewillett88 @FootJoy @TeamISM @TheMasters