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Willett Wins Masters in Wild Fashion

Danny Willett PGA

The Masters is a tradition unlike any other, and the 80th edition of the renowned tournament was one of the most memorable events the golfing world has witnessed in quite some time.

England’s Danny Willett battled tough conditions all week long and was rewarded with his first ever major victory after shooting a final round of 67 to finish at 5-under par. Willett, who was a +7000 long shot to put on the green jacket prior to the tournament, was priced at +2000 entering Sunday. The 28-year-old was also one of OddsShark’s sleeper picks.

But despite Willett’s triumph, this weekend will be remembered for a completely different reason. 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth topped the leaderboard from Thursday on but melted down at the 12th hole, registering the first quadruple bogey of his professional career while dropping to 1-under in the process. The Texan was not able to recover, ending the day in a tie for second place with Lee Westwood at 2-under.

To put that into perspective, Spieth made 22 birdies to Willett's 13 yet Willett won by three strokes. Ouch.

Golf writers across the world had already begun writing their columns before that point, as Spieth looked unbeatable with a comfortable lead under him. The No. 2 ranked golfer on the PGA Tour will be back in the winner’s circle again, but the loss will surely sting for quite some time.

Paul Casey (-1) J.B. Holmes (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1), Matthew Fitzpatrick (even), Soren Kjeldsen (even) and Hideki Matsuyama (even) finished within striking distance. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - two of the Tour’s top players - were never able to get over the hump and ended the tournament at 1-over.

This was yet another example of how exciting, cruel and surprising this sport can be, and it won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The next major of the year takes place on June 16-19 when the U.S. Open gets underway at Oakmont Country Club.