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So, just who is the new Masters champion?

By Kevin Garside

Danny Willett won his first Major championship after taking full advantage of Jordan Spieth's troubles to triumph at the Masters, handing England its first champion at Augusta National in 20 years.

Born in Sheffield in October 1987, 28-year-old Willett rose to fame in 2007 when he won the English Amateur Championship before becoming the number one-ranked amateur in the world a year later when he made the decision to turn professional.

A highlight of that career in the unpaid ranks came at the Amateur Championship in 2007 when Willett beat a certain Rory McIlroy 2&1, having been five up after six holes.

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Willett, who is the son of a Sheffield vicar, Stephen, joined the European Tour in 2009 and finished a credible 58th in the inaugural Race to Dubai, breaking into the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings in 2010 after a strong showing at the BMW PGA Championship.

He would have to wait until 2012 for his first Tour victory though as he triumphed in the BMW International Open in a play-off with Marcus Fraser that went to a fourth hole, but his defining moment up until his Masters success came when he challenged for victory in last year's Open Championship at St Andrews in which he secured a career-best Major finish of sixth after falling away to eventual winner Zach Johnson.

With a previous best at Augusta of tied-38th, which came last year, Willett declined the offer of a PGA Tour Membership for the 2015-16 season in order to remain on the European Tour, and his success hands Europe its first Masters champion since Jose Maria Olazabal's success in 1999.

Willett's son was due to be born on Masters Sunday, which coincided with his wife Helen's birthday, but Zacharia was born 12 days early and Willett was given the green light to cross the Atlantic and attend the Masters for what would become an historic four days.

And his mother, the aptly named Elisabet, had double the reason to celebrate, picking up a cool £1,150 for her £10 bet on her son. That's my boy!

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