Willett storms to Masters win

DANNY Willett is the new US Masters champion.

And the 28-year-old Rotherham Golf Club pro admitted he was nearly lost for words after pipping defending champion Jordan Spieth to the Green Jacket at Augusta.

His wife, Nicole, gave birth to their first child, Zachariah James Willett, early to allow him to fly over and play.

Willett took full advantage by shooting a final-round 67 as Spieth caved in and becomes the first Briton to win the Masters since Nick Faldo 20 years ago.

"On this rare occasion I'm nearly speechless," said Willett. "It's been a fantastic week on and off the golf course.

"It's been one of those weeks where things seemed to go your way. The 80th Masters is always going to be special and dear to my heart and 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."

Overnight leader Spieth led by five shots approaching the tenth but lost his way, dropping six shots in three holes, as Willett powered on. His five-under-par was the equal best of the day while a stunned Spieth had to settle for second place with Lee Westwood, both three shots behind.

The victory moves Willett up to ninth in the world rankings and there will be more celebrations today as his wife celebrates her 28th birthday.

"You talk about fate and everything that comes with it. It's been crazy," added Willett.