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Willett ends 20 year English wait in Augusta

Danny Willett is congratulated by Lee Westwood
Danny Willett is congratulated by Lee Westwood

Danny Willet became the first Englishman for 20 years to win the US Masters.

The 28-year-old Yorkshireman secured the Green Jacket and $1.8 million, finishing 5 under par with a final round of 67, including five birdies –  four in a row – and no bogies.

Home favourite Jordan Spieth, coming into the final day looking the likeliest winner, saw his lead slip away at the 12th. He led by five shots as he approached the 10th at Augusta, but then dropped six shots in three holes. At the 12th he twice found the water in front of the green to eventually card a quadruple bogey.

He finished joint second on 2 under with Willet’s compatriate Lee Westwood.

Willett is a four-time winner on the European Tour, with the Nedbank Championship victory in December 2014 the start of a run that has seen him become an established figure in the world’s top 20.

He won th eOmega European Masters, as well as coming third in the WGC Cadillac Match Play, taking a share of sixth at The Open Championship and finishing second in The Race to Dubai.

Another victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February 2016 took him to a world ranking of 13.

The former world amateur No.1 from Sheffield played Walker Cup in 2007, the same year he won the English Amateur.

The Jacksonville State University graduate also won national amateur titles in Australia and Spain after becoming the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.

He claimed his first European Tour title at the 2012 BMW International, beating Marcus Fraser in a play-off in Germany and has gone on to enjoy sustained success at the top end of golf.

Winning the Master is the biggest prize yet and the sponsorship money will follow. He is backed by watchmaker Audemars Piguet, Callaway golf equipment and Saujana Hotels & Resort, but he can expect more interest from global brands.

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