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Danny Willett, son of British pastor, wins Masters Golf Tourney

Mon, Apr. 11, 2016 Posted: 08:07 PM


By Mark Ellis

The son of a retired British vicar in the Church of England won the Masters Golf Tournament, and his father said God’s favor propelled his victory.

“I believe very seriously in the favor of God and that’s what’s happening,” the Rev. Stephen Willett told Premier’s News Hour. “In the last two years he’s played out of his socks and I think God is honoring him for being an honorable man.”

Danny Willett earned the victory after Jordan Spieth’s monumental collapse on the 12th hole in the final found, when Jordan’s ball plopped into a water hazard twice and his next shot went into a sand trap. The score of seven on the three-par hole torpedoed his chances for a win.

Willett rose to the occasion with a smashing performance, turning in three birdies on the last six holes.

“We all go out there and try and play good golf, and at the end of the day, someone has got to win the golf tournament,” Willett told reporters. “And, fortunately enough, today was my day.”

Willett is a Christian who has spoken previously about his faith, but in humble fashion, denied he received any special favors from God.

“I am a Christian—I was brought up in a Christian family—but a lot of the Americans take it slightly over the top at times,” said Willett. “I think He has bigger things to deal with than whether I shoot 65 or not,” he told the Daily Express.

Still, God’s providential hand seemed to play a role in all the circumstances that came together for Willett to claim the prize.

His first child was due on Sunday – the day the final round was played — and he didn’t plan to come to the Masters if the baby was not born.

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