And although Fergie bet on the wrong man to win the Green Jacket, he gave Willett some serious advice on how to keep winning Majors.
He became only the second Englishman to win the coveted Green Jacket, following three-times champion Sir Nick Faldo, and ended a barren title run by Europeans dating back to Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal’s second victory here in 1999.
The 28-year-old son of a Sheffield vicar was the 89th and last player to register after only arriving on Monday evening, meaning his caddie Jonathan Smart wore the number 89 on his white Masters jumpsuit, just as J ack Nicklaus’ son Jackie did in 1986 when he caddied for his dad in that historic win.
The American imploded on the back nine and on the 12th he shot a quadruple-bogey seven, allowing Willett a lead he would never relinquish.
“More important than golf”, Jordan Spieth said Sunday night as a preamble to publicly congratulating the new Masters champion, Danny Willett.
“Danny can to get to No 1 in the world without any doubt and I think he can win another major this year”. He won’t be distracted. He got to the 10th tee and the wheels just came off. This is either one of the things that is going to make him tougher or it is going to be a hard thing to get over.
Much is made of Jordan Spieth’s meltdown at the 2016 Masters, many comparing it to Rory McIlroy in 2011 and Greg Norman’s infamous capitulation in 1996.
“He was always going to work to become the best player in the world, wherever that takes him – whether that takes him to number one, number two, that’s what he’ll work towards”.
McIlroy said he feels sure that he is not in danger of turning into another Phil Mickleson, who has won three of the four majors but finished second six times in the US Open, the only one he has yet to win.
“Over Christmas he had his blood tested and he had his sweat tested just to get everything right”, Chandler added.
“You need to know where to put your money!” “The next morning we wake up and try to work hard to win the next trophy'”. “Ultimately, you just have to have your A-game in every single part, and I just didn’t have those iron swings, and it showed on the back nine”. He noted that this one would sting for a long time.
“He lives his life unbelievably well and he deserves everything he gets. I think that’s the thing that’s really holding me back”. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound, you know your collapse was epic when people forget the name of the guy who won the tournament.
Willett’s victory at Augusta has made him a certainty for the Ryder Cup in September, while his place on the Great Britain team for the Olympics is nearly assured.