Euro Danny Willett wins 2016 Masters for first career major

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Tom Hinde
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Texas native and Masters defending champion Jordan Spieth surrendered a five-stroke lead and Englishman Danny Willett took advantage. Willett, the 12th ranked golfer in the world, shot a five-under-par 67 in the final round besting the field and winning his first major.

For nearly four days, it looked like Spieth would go wire-to-wire and claim the green jacket again. Then came hole No. 12. Perhaps the most famous par-3 in golf will be a hole he'll never forget. He put two shots into Rae's Creek and a third into a bunker finishing the hole with a quadruple bogey.

Willett took advantage. The victory was his first in the United States, and he pockets a $1.8 million payout. He nearly didn't play. Just a few days prior to the tournament, Willett's wife gave birth to their first child.

Spieth finished tied for second with Lee Westwood. Both he and Westwood will take home $880,000.

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