Willett: Spieth showed his class after losing Masters


Masters champion Danny Willett said he has nothing but respect for Jordan Spieth for the way the 22-year-old conducted himself after throwing away back-to-back wins at Augusta.

American Spieth entered the tournament as defending champion and was cruising for a second title in as many years at the historic tournament, only for a quadruple bogey at the 12th hole to trigger a horrendous collapse, which Willett took full advantage of with a bogey-free final round earlier this month.

To make matters worse for Spieth, he was expected to hand over the green jacket to the new champion after the tournament and Willett said he was impressed with how the world number two handled the occasion with the emotion of defeat still so raw.

"He was brilliant, just like everyone would imagine him to be," Willett told Sky Sports.

"That was probably 15 minutes after he came off, so not in the best frame of mind, but a classy guy, he shook my hand and said 'well done and great playing today'.

"He did everything you could really expect someone in that position to do and it just goes to show the kind of guy he is."

Willett said that despite Spieth's collapse having opened the door for his sensational triumph and best result of his career, he never liked seeing fellow professionals suffer such capitulations.

"You don't want it to go any way like that but, unfortunately round that golf course with the pressure that is on, crazy things happen and that was one of those typical Masters moments where someone from behind comes up and plays nice all day," he said.

"Unfortunately, it was one person's to lose that day, I guess, and I feel fortunate that we were in the position we were to take the best chances."