Danny Willett felt fate played a part in him becoming Masters champion after a remarkable final round at Augusta.
Willett’s wife Nicole had been due to give birth to the couple’s first child on Sunday, but Zachariah James Willett arrived early to allow him to play.
“My wife was born 28 years ago on Monday and my son came early,” said Willett, who won by three shots after Jordan Spieth’s dramatic collapse.
“You talk about fate and everything that comes with it. It’s been crazy.”
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The 28-year-old took advantage of defending champion Spieth dropping six shots in three holes to win his first major on five under.
American Spieth, who was seeking back-to-back Green Jackets, finished tied for second alongside Willett’s compatriot and playing partner Lee Westwood on two under.
“On this rare occasion I’m nearly speechless,” added Willett. “It’s been a fantastic week on and off the golf course.
“It’s been one of those crazy weeks where things seem to go your way. The 80th Masters is always going to be special and dear to my heart.
“People were saying ‘Try to bring the Green Jacket home for the little man’. It’s a bit big but I am sure he will grow into it.”
“You can’t really describe the emotions and feelings,” added Willett, who started the day on level par.
“We all try to play good golf and someone has to win and fortunately today it was my day.
“Every time we seemed to make ground, Jordan kept pulling ahead. We kept trying to dig in. I thought we had to get to seven under and we looked up and Jordan was already seven.
“It was a very surreal day when you look back at the ebbs and flows.”
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