Worksop – Masters champion Danny Willett is determined his first major golf title won’t be his only one.
Day, Spieth and McIlroy are still 1-2-3 in the world, but with players such as Willett, who is up to ninth in the world rankings, Asia’s top player Hideki Matsuyama and top amateur Bryson DeChambeau all doing well at Augusta, they may not have the podium to themselves for too much longer.
But he bogeyed 16 and couldn’t pick up shots at either of the last two holes, settling for a tie for second with Spieth and evidence that there’s life in the 42-year-old yet – despite a tough couple of years on and off the course. He met with a scrum of reporters near the big oak tree outside the clubhouse, patiently taking questions for almost 10 minutes.
Ferguson attended all four days at Augusta National and recalled the moment it all went wrong for Spieth. It’s a dream come true. “And I knew par was good enough and maybe that was what hurt me”. “It was just a lapse of concentration at No. 12 and it cost me”.
Willett made his par and watched in the clubhouse as Spieth tried in vain to scrap back from disaster.
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.
“It was just one of those unfortunate things that happened to Jordan, which obviously opened it right up and I just feel fortunate that I was in the position that I was to pounce on the opportunity to accomplish it”. But he failed to execute.
“I started hitting balls again on Friday”. “I was thinking it was a little joke”, he said.
What happened on the back nine is easy to explain: “I went bogey, bogey, quad”. I birdied No. 15 and all of a sudden they believed I could do it, and it helped me believe I could do it. We’ve had a lot of encouraging messages from really nice people around the world offering advice if I need it so we’ve got a lot of good people on our side.
“Hopefully we just take it our stride and enjoy what we’ve done”.
The Englishman clinched victory after defending champion Jordan Spieth suffered a collapse in the final round of the tournament in Augusta. “And I wanted to be brutally honest with the way I felt toward him, so that he could respond with what was necessary to get us to rebound”.
The young American knew all week that his game from tee to green was not at its best, and it was his brilliant putting above all that helped him lead after each of the first three rounds before failing to close the deal.
“I understand the conditions were tough, but it’s my expectations”. The Open is more than two months away.