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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 189
It helped, of course, that Spieth pulled the pin on his own ordnance, fumbled it, and watched it blow up in his face with a quadruple bogey at the par-3 12th, but the manner in which the lead changed hands was of no concern to Willett, and by the time the dust settled he was wearing green. While the sheer elation and joy Willett shared with his caddie Jonathan Smart after the result was sealed while he was sitting on a couch in the Augusta clubhouse could be construed as shock and surprise, in truth the seeds for his victory were sewn six months ago. The journey to green began in October, when Willett announced he would be turning down his PGA Tour membership for this season. Then ranked 25th in the world, he had his own motives for spurning the glitz of the US tour circus. Those reasons are now tellingly prophetic. “We weren’t willing to up and move straight away and move everything over there just yet. I think if you want to play in America and play well, you’ve got to be willing to up ship and go and do it full time,” he said in UK newspaper The Star. “That didn’t quite fit with what we’re trying to do. It wasn’t quite the right time for everything.” “It’s about trying to get ourselves really bedded down, settled in and try and win a few more times and trying to compete more in the majors.” Mission accomplished, and then some. Willett would have been forgiven for having his mind elsewhere this week, with a 12-day-old son awaiting him back home, but fatherhood is forever finding a way to turn good golfers into world beaters.
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