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Danny Willett takes Masters title as pressure tells on Rory McIlroy

By Phil Casey

Published 11/04/2016

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, left, helps 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, of England, put on his green jacket following the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Defending champion Jordan Spieth, left, helps 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, of England, put on his green jacket following the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up his ball after saving par on the first hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 8, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Masters champion Danny Willett, of England, is congratulated by Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club following the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Master champion Danny Willett, of England, waves after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Masters champion Danny Willett, of England, gives a thumbs up while being driven in a golf cart following his win of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Jordan Spieth of the United States presents Danny Willett of England with the green jacket after Willett won the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates winning during the green jacket ceremony after the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates winning during the green jacket ceremony after the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts after finishing on the 18th green during Round 4 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Jordan Spieth of the United States presents Danny Willett of England with the green jacket after Willett won the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Jordan Spieth of the United States reacts after presenting Danny Willett of England with the green jacket after Willett won the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates winning during the green jacket ceremony with Jordan Spieth of the United States after the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
US golfer Jordan Spieth reacts on the 17th hole during Round 4 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates with the green jacket after winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Jordan Spieth of the United States shakes hands with Danny Willett of England after presenting him with the green jacket for winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates with the green jacket after winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
England's Danny Willett reacts wearing his Green Jacket at the end of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Jordan Spieth reacts on the 18th green during Round 4 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The Masters logo is pictured during the presentation ceremony at the end of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Danny Willett of England celebrates with the green jacket after winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Danny Willett celebrates with the green jacket after winning the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta
US golfer Jordan Spieth presents the Green Jacket to England's Danny Willett at the end of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
England's Danny Willett (R) speaks to US golfer Jordan Spieth during the presentation ceremony at the end of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. England's Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with Bill Haas of the United States on the second hole during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot during Round 2 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
A scorekeeper peers through a hole from behind a board during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Danny Lee of New Zealand and caddie Mike Hartford stand on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Ireland's Shane Lowry lines up a shot during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Ernie Els of South Africa reacts on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Branden Grace of South Africa plays a shot during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Bryson DeChambeau of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: A detail of the Nike shoes Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the third hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Cheng Jin of China and Rickie Fowler of the United States walk during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Shane Lowry of Ireland putts on the ninth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Martin Kaymer of Germany reacts after putting for par on the ninth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Paul Chaplet of Costa Rica plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Romain Langasque of France reacts after putting for par on the ninth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Byeong-Hun An of Korea walks on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England stands with his caddie Tom Ridley on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: David Lingmerth of Sweden plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Paul Casey of England and caddie John McLaren walk during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Davis Love III of the United States reacts during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen plays a shot during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Ian Poulter of England pulls a club from his bag as caddie Terry Mundy looks on, on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: A detail of the Nike shoes Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the first hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, chips to the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy collects his ball on the 2nd green during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts after putting on the 2nd green during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Rickie Fowler hits out of a bunker during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson of the United States putt during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Sammy Schmitz plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
US golfer Rickie Fowler waits to play a shot during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Justin Thomas of the United States applies sunscreen on the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
US golfer Tom Watson hits out of a bunker during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain prepares to play from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain prepares to play from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Billy Horschel of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina putts on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Kevin Kisner of the United States plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
US golfer Brandt Snedeker putts on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: A detail of the shoes of Keegan Bradley of the United States on the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Australia's Adam Scott hits out of a bunker during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Kevin Kisner lines up his putt during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Singer Niall Horan attends the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
US golfer Bryson DeChambeau tees off during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Wales's Jamie Donaldson hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Singer Niall Horan attends the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
US golfer Bryson DeChambeau watches his tee shot during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts on the eighth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jamie Donaldson of Wales lines up a putt for birdie on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
England's Justin Rose plays a shot on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Patrick Reed of the United States lines up a putt on the eighth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Justin Rose of England reacts after putting for bogie on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Zach Johnson of the United States reacts on the eighth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jordan Spieth of the United States stands on the eight green in the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
US golfer Harris English plays a shot during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jordan Spieth of the United States applies sunscreen on the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jason Day of Australia reacts on the eighth green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Justin Rose of England plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Justin Rose of England talks to caddie Mark Fulcher on the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Justin Rose of England plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Chris Kirk of the United States tosses his ball to caddie David Robinson after putting for birdie on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks onto the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jordan Spieth of the United States applies sunscreen on the second tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
US golfer Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the 3rd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the 3rd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Dustin Johnson hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Patrick Reed putts on the 3rd green during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Jordan Spieth of the United States is reflected in the glasses of caddie Michael Greller on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Dustin Johnson of the United States prepares to play from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
US golfer Patrick Reed hits out of a bunker on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the 2nd hole during Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Kevin Streelman of the United States plays his third shot from a bunker on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Lee Westwood of England and his caddie Billy Foster react after putting for par on the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Amateur Cheng Jin of China plays a shot to the second green during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Zach Johnson of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Honorary starters US golfer Arnold Palmer (L), South Africas Gary Player (C) and Jack Nicklaus of the US arrive to begin Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player shake hands during the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 07: Honorary starter Arnold Palmer attends the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Gary Player walks during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Lee Westwood of England chips during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
US golfer Billy Horschel and his daugher Skylar putt on the 9th green during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the 80th Masters of Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Billy Horschel carries his daugher Skylar on the 9th green during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the 80th Masters of Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer Brandt Snedeker's son Austin follows his father to the 9th green during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the 80th Masters of Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - US golfer Jordan Spieth blows the ball on the 9th hole during the Par 3 contest prior to the start of the 80th Masters of Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Gary Player plays a shot during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Shane Lowry of Ireland, Chris Wood of England and Jamie Donaldson of Wales during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Justin Rose of England signs autographs during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Gary Player looks on during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice greets Jack Nicklaus during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Shane Lowry of Ireland and fiancee Wendy Honner react during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Jack Nicklaus walks during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

Rory McIlroy couldn’t mask his disappointment as his latest bid for Masters glory and a golf career grand slam of majors at 26 fell short again at Augusta last night.

The former world No1 from Holywood shot another inconsistent Masters round of 71 yesterday to finish one over par for the tournament which he began with expectations high, both personally and among his vast worldwide fan base.

Instead McIlroy could only look on as unfancied Danny Willett surged through the field for an incredible victory.

Sheffield golfer Willett took advantage of a last day collapse by favourite Jordan Speith, leader for the first three days, taking advantage where McIlroy could not.

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And after his intense preparation in order to conquer Augusta, and become only the sixth player in history to complete the grand slam, McIlroy admitted he felt mental, rather than playing,  pressure weighing on him.

He said: “I was in a great position going into the weekend. On Saturday I just didn’t play the golf I needed to when it really mattered. That’s what I take away from this week. I’ve been in a position before and I haven’t got the job done when I need to and I don’t think that’s anything to do with my game.

“I think that’s more me mentally and I’m trying to deal with the pressure and the thrill of the achievement if it were to happen. I don’t think that’s the thing holding me back. So the more times I can get in position to win this tournament, the more times I’ll learn and I’ll know what not to do. And I feel I learned a lot yesterday, reflecting on it and that hopefully I’ll do things differently.

“This is the one I want to win more than anything else.”

New dad Willett immediately contacted his wife on Skype and said: “Facetiming your wife on her birthday after you’ve just won the Masters, on the due date of you son, who if he hadn’t been born a week early, would have made you miss the Masters... Wow!”

Willett from south Yorkshire, who played on the same Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team as McIlroy at Royal County Down nine years ago, emerged from virtually nowhere to win the first major the season while McIlroy’s challenge never materialised although he finished four under on the back nine — but well down the field.

Willett (28) with just four wins on the European Tour to his career was magnificent in the final stages. He started the round on level par but finished on five-under — ahead of close pal and playing partner, Lee Westwood.

Augusta National was stunned. Willett, the son of a Maths teacher — his dad is a preacher —  turned professional in May 2008, the year after he won the English amateur, and earned his European card the following year.

But over the last two years he has been showing signs that he was someone special and this remarkable victory means he moves into the world’s Top 10.

With his wife pregnant at home in Yorkshire he was in two minds about whether he should travel to the States. She gave birth in good time however.

Spieth seemed a certain winner at one point when he was seven-under.

He looked home and dry, but it all started to go horrible wrong after the turn, falling to one under after 12 where he ended up in the water, not just once, but twice. He pulled a shot back, but at that stage Willett began to move out of sight and Spieth who went into the final round three clear just couldn’t catch up.

Willett becomes the first the Englishman to win the green jacket since Nick Faldo in 1996.

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