Willett can't choose between fatherhood and Masters win


Masters champion Danny Willett was unable to choose between his Augusta success and the birth of his first child as the better experience.

The Englishman was in danger of missing the year's first major, only for his first child - son Zachariah James - to arrive early.

Willett capitalised on a Jordan Spieth collapse to win the Masters by three shots on Sunday after firing a five-under 67 in his final round.

Speaking afterwards, the 28-year-old found it too difficult to choose between two of the biggest moments in his life.

"Words can't describe it. It's been crazy," Willett said.

"I'm not quite sure which is better, this day or last Tuesday. They are very, very, very close there.

"I don't know which one I should say to be politically correct."

The birth of his first child impacted Willett's preparations, having finished tied for 28th at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in his final event before the Masters.

But he relied on his lead-up from last year after only arriving in Georgia days out from the start of the tournament.

"I had a lesson Friday, a lesson Saturday, and again took time off Sunday to spend time with Nic [wife Nicole] and Zach and flew out here late Monday night," Willett said.

"We were the last guys in, number 89. Someone told me that [Jack] Nicklaus was 89 the year he won in 1986.

"Preparation wasn't as good as possible, but still had two good days getting to know this place.

"Fortunately, I had done my homework last year. We played the golf course probably four or five times last year in preparation for the first Masters I played.

"I think that put me in really good stead knowing that I had the books from last year and I knew where are the places to go, where not to go, and then just put full faith in the decisions that me and John [caddie Jonathan Smart] made and made some good swings."