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265712_m16Danny Willett became the winner of the 2016 Masters after defending champion Jordan Spieth made a fatal mistake on Sunday of the three day tournament.

Jordan Spieth was in the lead after finishing Saturday night, keeping the trajectory to becoming the fourth man to repeat championships wins along with Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

Spieth had a lot to lose during this championship game. Spieth, 22, was planning to become the youngest player in the Masters era to have claimed three majors. He was going to become the game’s first back-to-back, wire-to-wire major winner. He had the potential to win a second Masters after only his third appearance; a feat that took Tiger Woods seven chances and Jack Nicklaus six.

Sunday proved to be a completely different story, where Danny Willett was able to rally from 3 behind at the start of the day to 5 back after nine holes.

The 12th hole at Augusta National is one of the most recognizable holes in golf due to its many complications and lived up to its reputation upon Spieth’s huge fumble, a quadruple-bogey.

Spieth’s mental crack was the only way to explain his freefall from the top spot.

Danny Willett of England became the first European champion since 1999 with a five-under 67 and a 72-hole total of five-under 283, three strokes better than Spieth and another Englishman, Lee Westwood.

Spieth’s loss will go down as one of the major collapses in golf history. Asked if it would be difficult to erase the memory of his poor finish, Spieth said: “Honestly, I think it will be tough to put it behind. I think I will, but that wasn’t a fun last couple of holes to play from the position I was in.”

Upon losing, Spieth kept his head down and hands in his pockets, looking as if he had just seen a ghost, as he walked towards Butler Cabin for the passing of the jacket.

Danny Willett is a talented player and a rightfully deserving champion. He is also a proud father of a newborn son, to which his wife’s pregnancy had almost kept him from the Masters. He took the breakthrough victory on his wife’s birthday.

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