Who is the 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett?

Who is the 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett?


Danny Willett is golf's newest major champion, taking the 2016 Masters over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson to become the first Englishman to win the Masters since Nick Faldo won for the third time in 1996.

Coming into this year's Masters, Willett was ranked 12th in the world and already had a win on the season, beating out the field at the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic in February for his fourth European Tour win. The 28-year-old former amateur standout then came over to the United States and finished third at the WGC-Cadilac Championship at Doral in March.

Willett, who was born in Sheffield, England, and went to Jacksonville State University in the United States, reached the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2008 just prior to turning pro later that year. He earned his European Tour status through the Q-school that fall.

Willett had just on previous top-10 finish in a major championship, winding up T-6 at the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews. This was Willett's second Masters appearance.

The Englishman, along with his wife Nicole, who he married in 2012, recently became new parents, welcoming their son, Zachariah James, 12 days ahead of his due date after Willett came home from a respectable finish in the WGC-Dell Match Play in March.


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