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11th Apr 2016

Danny Willett benefits from shocking Jordan Spieth capitulation and nobody could quite believe it

Just like that


What the hell happened?

Jordan Spieth was sitting as pretty as pretty has ever sat on Sunday afternoon.

The world number two would have slept relatively soundly on Saturday night after taking a one shot lead into the final round.

That same final round was going swimmingly with a fifth hole bogey the only blemish on his front nine scorecard. Five birdies turned that into something of a non-issue.

Then it all went up sh*t creek.

Spieth bogeyed 10 and 11 before sh*t creek turned into sh*t rapids as he carded a seven on 12, throwing away the lead he had worked so tirelessly to put together.

And through all the #bottlejob jokes that flooded social media, a champion-elect calmly and determinedly went about his business as Sheffield’s Danny Willet kept his composure to finish -5 and bite his nails while Spieth finished up.

But Spieth could only par the 16th, bogey the 17th and par the 18th which led to excited phonecalls from Willett to his wife to let her know that the biggest day in their lives was coming to a close.

Thankfully, there was much more focus on Willett’s heroics than Spieth’s capitulation at the end of an absolutely terrific and memorable Masters weekend.