Who is Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters Champion?
As the eyes of the sports world were fixed firmly on Jordan Spieth, no one was expecting that it would be a 28-year-old English-born golfer by the name of Danny Willett who would come and steal the show at August on Sunday.
While Spieth was looking for his second Masters Championship — and was already a fan-favorite in the golfing world — Willett took Augusta by storm on Sunday. On a day that was supposed to be the due date for his first child (who ended up being born early), Willett quickly rocketed up the leaderboard.
Willett, who was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, is expected to join England in Rio at the Summer Olympics after his victory Sunday, and he had pieced together an impressive number of wins on the European Tour. A graduate of Jacksonville State University, Willett turned pro in 2008, and put together a -5 round on Sunday to finish -5 for the tournament and claim his first green jacket.
His four European Tour wins were:
BMW International Open on June 24, 2012 in a playoff over Marcus Fraser
Nedbank Golf Challenge on December 7, 2014
Omega European Masters on July 26, 2015
Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 7, 2016
In 2015, Willett finished in Augusta tied-38th, and clearly exceeded expectations this year.
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