Irish contingent fall away as Willett claims first major

Irish contingent fall away as Willett claims first major
28 May 2015; Danny Willett, England, watches his drive from the10th tee. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Day 1. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: John Dickson / SPORTSFILE

This year’s Masters drummed up one of the most exciting final days in recent history as Sheffield golfer Danny Willett took the famous green jacket after a three stroke win.

Former world No.1 Jordan Spieth, known for his overwhelming capacity to translate final-day leads into trophies, suffered a meltdown on a memorable Sunday to throw away his chance of becoming the fourth player in history to defend the title.

A quadruple-bogey seven allowed Willett to sit in the clubhouse as leader after an astonishing 67 to win his first major.

The 28-year-old was extremely close to not even competing at Augusta until his wife gave birth ahead of schedule.

The top Irish player was Rory McIlroy who finished tied 10th on +1 after an erratic final round. He failed to register a birdie on Saturday, giving him a round of 77.

He offset that on Sunday with a remarkable seven birdies, but these were virtually cancelled out with six bogeys for a final round of 71.

Offaly’s Shane Lowry, who was second on the leaderboard after the first day, also had a difficult final two days after the cut was made. He tied for 39th place on +10, after a less than ideal 79 on Saturday and a 75 on the final day.

He scored 68 on the first day and admitted afterwards that he was already dreaming of the famous green jacket. It was not all doom and gloom for the Clara man though, as he was one of three players, along with Davis Love III and Louis Oosthuizen to claim a hole-in-one on the 16th.

Lowry was first with an eight-iron, making him the first golfer since Wales’ Jamie Donaldson aced the sixth hole in 2013. Love then followed suit with a seven-iron before Oosthuizen dramatically holed his tee shot via a deflection off playing partner JB Holmes’s ball.

Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell failed to make the cut after the first few days as they finished on +16 and +9 respectively.

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