England's Willett wins Masters after Spieth's back nine downfall
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Danny Willett has won the Masters after a stunning collapse by Jordan Spieth.
Spieth seemed certain to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National when he made the turn with a commanding five-shot lead. But, in less than an hour, he had totally thrown it away. After consecutive bogeys at the 10th and 11th, he dumped two shots into the water at the 12th for a quadruple-bogey 7. Just like that, he went from five shots ahead to three shots behind.
Spieth needed to birdie the final two holes at the Masters to force a playoff with Danny Willett. He attempted to rally, but a bogey at No. 17 ended any hopes of a comeback.
Willett closed with a 67 for a 5-under 283, beating Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes. He is only the second Englishman to ever win the Masters. Nick Faldo won the title three times in 1989, 1990, and 1996.
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