Masters champion Danny Willett toasts mind-boggling Augusta triumph

Danny Willett, the new Masters champion, claimed it was crazy, surreal, mind-boggling and something I cant put into words to don the Green Jacket

Terminology used by Danny Willett indicated he would have no problem with any astonishment that he was the man to violates a barren run for England, and Europe, at Augusta National. In no particular order, the new Masters champion claimed it was crazy, surreal, mind-boggling and something I cant put into words to don the Green Jacket.

If golf followed popular opinion, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose or Paul Casey would have prevailed for the English at Augusta long before Willett. There will also be inevitable claims that Jordan Spieth handed the 80 th edition of the Masters on a plate to the 28 -year-old Yorkshireman.

The initial point has been shown as flawed, the latter desperately unjust. When Spieth collapsed at Amen Corner on Sunday, Willett had to be in position to profit. If I had been five over par then it wouldnt have mattered what Jordan did, Willett acknowledged.

When abruptly holding the result, with the eyes of the golfing world upon him, Willett had to ensure he didnt become the next player to fold. Three holes could have represented a nerve-jangling eternity. The ease with which the champion burst through the finishing tape should be fully appreciated, especially by those who have fallen short in similar circumstances.

You practice, told Willett when asked for an explanation for his aplomb. Thats what you do; endless hours of chipping, putting, reaching shots, imagining reaching shots at certain golf courses at certain times.

Fortunately enough, I have been able to relive some of those dreams and some of those practice sessions.

At 28, Willett has been something of a slow burner. Albeit two years the Northern Irishmans senior, he played as a team-mate of Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup. Willett turned professional the following year, where progress was steady rather than stunning; ongoing back problems, which still have to be carefully managed, threatened to halt his progression. Two years ago Willett was ricochetting about from 103 rd to 102nd, 85 th and 83 rd in the world rankings. Today, he is No9.

When Chubby Chandler recruited Willett to his International Sports Management stable, he clearly believed he was looking after the affairs of an able professional. Chandler soon told those around him that even he had been surprised just how fine a player Willett, once the top-ranked amateur in the world, was. He had a wide range of shots to call upon, which set him apart from even many of those making a healthy living from golf. There has never been a question over Willetts belief, verging on cockiness at times, which has now been be used to justify wonderful style.

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