AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has carried out one of the most shattering duties of his young career.
After collapsing on the back side, Spieth slipped the green jacket on new Masters champion Danny Willett.
The 28-year-old Englishman won by three strokes, taking advantage when Spieth put two balls into Rae’s Creek and made a quadruple-bogey 7 at the devilish 12th hole.
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.”