Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Willett goes back to basics with roast beef Masters dinner


Willett signed for a blemish-free round of 67 while Spieth dropped six shots in three holes, quadruple bogeying the 12th hole.

It was the final round of the 2016 Masters, and my phone started buzzing.

McIlroy had bogeyed the first for the second day in succession, which possibly accounted for the wind-assisted 393-yard drive which he then smashed down the second.

When it comes to memorable, iconic golf imagery, Augusta National Golf Club has more than its share - Butler Cabin, Rae's Creek, Amen Corner, and more.

Who can forget in 1986 when Jack Nicklaus, then 46 years old, shot 65 in the final round, going eagle-birdie-birdie on holes No. 15-17, raising his putter in the air as another ball rolled into the cup?

By his own admission, Danny Willett has struggled to adapt to being a major victor.

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On the golf course, where it matters, Willett has reached the end of a 12-month cycle he may be glad to see the back of, just as Jordan Spieth, who imploded on the back nine of his Sunday round last year, has said he wants to get past this year's tournament to return to normality. "We took the mark away and walked around having a look and had a gust come through and knocked it eight foot back onto the fringe". It could work in Willett's favour to go under the radar, but he has confessed that his major breakthrough has brought on difficulties that he did not envisage.

Favourite Dustin Johnson is part of an all-American trio also comprising two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker, while Olympic champion Justin Rose is set to play alongside world No3 Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker in another high-profile group.

How you are meant to play it? "If you top it up and throw a baby in the mix, there's not a great deal of time off in there to relax and have some more downtime and chill out". But this year I have a better mindset than just being like a spectator of sorts a year ago. "So like I said in previous interviews, it's now trying to get the game to where I can get back in positions and hopefully do it again".

"He says it's a thank you for all I've done". The win was Willett's first major championship and first PGA Tour win. Winning the Masters is a life-changing event, and it's a nice gesture to ensure that the players who have created so many iconic moments over the years will always be welcome.

That was good enough for a share of 19th place on a day when strong winds made scoring hard, but all of the good work was swiftly undone when play resumed in similar conditions on Friday. In reality, it was built after last year's tournament and is so spacious and well done that many golfers are jealous.

In fairness, the shot wasn't quite as bad as you might think.

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