Danny Willett felt fate played a part in him becoming Masters champion after a remarkable final round at Augusta.
Willett’s wife Nicole had been due to give birth on Sunday, but Zachariah James Willett arrived 12 days early on 30 March to allow him to play. “My wife was born 28 years ago on Monday and my son came early,” said Willett, who won by three shots after Jordan Spieth’s dramatic capitulation.
“You talk about fate and everything that comes with it. It’s been crazy.”
The 28-year-old took advantage of defending champion Spieth dropping six shots in three holes to win his first major on five under.He became the first European winner since Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, and the fourth British champion after Nick Faldo (1989, 1990, 1996), Sandy Lyle (1988) and Ian Woosnam (1991).
American Spieth, who was seeking back-to-back Green Jackets, finished tied for second alongside Willett’s compatriot and playing partner Lee Westwood on two under.
“On this rare occasion I’m nearly speechless,” added Willett, who moves up to ninth in the world rankings. “It’s been a fantastic week on and off the golf course. It’s been one of those crazy weeks where things seem to go your way. The 80th Masters is always going to be special and dear to my heart.
“People were saying ‘Try to bring the Green Jacket home for the little man’. It’s a bit big but I am sure he will grow into it.”