AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Danny Willett has won the Masters after a stunning collapse by Jordan Spieth.
Willett shot a closing 67 for a 5-under 283 total. He was assured of his first major title when Spieth made bogey at the 17th hole.
Spieth has finished off his round at the Masters. Now, he's got to put the green jacket on someone else. No one saw that coming.
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, handing the championship to England's Willett.
Spieth will be kicking himself for a while about this one. 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 tried to rally, but a bogey at No. 17 ended any hopes of a comeback.
Spieth looked as though he was fighting back tears when he said "it's tough, really tough.'' He had a five-shot lead at the turn, but threw it all away in less than an hour. In the process, he squandered a chance to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles.
Willett was all smiles, having recently become a new father.
Now, he's a Masters champion and only the second Englishman to win the green jacket.
Willett says "it was just a very surreal day --- and a crazy, crazy week.''
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