England has a week to remember at the Masters

Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:57pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - An English invasion at the 80th Masters marked the 20th anniversary of Nick Faldo's third and final Green Jacket victory in fine fashion on Sunday.

Winner Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose each posted under-par final rounds to finish in the top-10, making this Masters a memorable one for English golf.

Westwood carded a three-under 69 to finish tied for second with a two-under 72-hole total, three shots behind the champion. Casey shared fourth place after he matched Willett's closing 67 for a one-under total.

Fitzpatrick also fired a 67 to finish at level-par in a tie for seventh while 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose checked in with a 70 for a five-way tie for 10th at one-over.

There was a time when Westwood, 42, felt he would be the one to succeed Faldo as the next Masters winner from England, but he was pleased to play alongside his fellow countryman in the final round and witness Willett's victory lap around Augusta National.

"We both played really well," Westwood said. "Danny played really well and controlled his nerves.

"He hit very few poor shots. I guess he hit it pretty much where he wanted to all day."

Moments after defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth lost his lead with a disastrous quadruple-bogey seven at 12, Westwood chipped in for eagle from behind the green at 15 to move him within a shot of Willett.   Continued...

Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Danny Willett (left) is congratulated by Lee Westwood (right) after the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports