Danny Willett: Defending champ Willett opens with 1-over 73

"Being exhausted means you can get frustrated a little bit easier and that leads you to hit more balls and practise harder and in actual fact all that does at times is make you more exhausted".

Willett trailed Spieth, victor in 2015, by three shots going into the final round and was five behind when the American reached the turn.

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson picked up two shots on the Par five second hole, before bogeys on the 5th and 6th stalled his progress somewhat, although he still remains below par for the day.

The Australian has been amongst the world's elite for several years and has consistently done well at the Masters, finishing tied second in his first appearance back in 2011, third in 2013, and joint tenth last year. "So we're kind of getting back on now to getting the game back hopefully into a place where, you know, we can get into positions where we were previous year on Sunday".

That set up a straightforward birdie on the par five and although the four-time major victor then three-putted the third, he responded with birdies on the fifth and sixth to revitalise his bid for the victory he needs to complete the career grand slam.

Willett, meanwhile, has been grouped with US Ryder Cup mainstay Matt Kuchar and Australian amateur Curtis Luck for his opening round on Thursday.

Mississippi State's William ready for one last battle
Both of this season's battles were decided deep into the second half, and the team's played to a tie in the paint in both outings. If the best predictor of future results is past performance, SC will be hoisting its first-ever national championship.

In addition to 18 bogeys carded by 10:20 a.m. ET on Friday, the hole coughed up six doubles and two dreaded "others" - a compilation that did not surprise 1976 Masters champions Raymond Floyd at all. On top of it, Willett was a new father, his wife giving birth to their son March 30 in 2016. He sat his ball down after marking it and started looking at his read. You're going to have to leave it where you can get up-and-down or where you can two-putt from wherever that may be.

"Obviously, it wouldn't be in my nature to bring it up", Willett said. "I started watching the Masters when I was about 10 years old". Willett's highest level of respect arrived from the officials and patrons around the tee boxes. The fifth wasn't much better, running to the front of the green. Asked whether Rory McIlroy strikes fear in him as a competitor, Spieth turned off camera and asked, "Can I say badass?" But as this exchange from Willett's conference call with reporters last month demonstrates, it's still a touchy subject.

It's thumbs up for Yorkshire as Danny Willett reveals his champions dinner menu for the US Masters.

"Yeah, you are glad to get this round over", Willett said.

Spieth was at a loss to explain it: "I'm not really sure what happened".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Comcast Can Be A Mobile Threat in the Long Term
Apr 08, 2017 - 00:05
It will only be available to Comcast customers who already pay for home internet service, as well as potential new subscriptions. Thanks to a silent partnership with Verizon , Comcast won't be forced to purchase spectrum and build its own network.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hoffman rides wind to Masters lead
Apr 08, 2017 - 00:04
It was raining and Johnson went to move the vehicle in anticipation of his son, Tatum, coming home from day care. Johnson was still trying to digest the last 24 hours, as shocking as any for a No. 1 player going into a major.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Did blown call cost Gonzaga a championship?
Apr 07, 2017 - 06:07
The season began with an easy win over Utah Valley on November 11 and the Zags rolled to victories in their first 29 games. The first came just before halftime and sparked a surge that saw UNC cut a seven-point deficit down to three at the break.

Trump administration considering military action against Syria
Apr 07, 2017 - 06:06
Turkish officials said almost 60 victims of the attack were brought to Turkey for treatment and three of them died. Moallem said Damascus wants guarantees that any investigation would be impartial and not politicized.

N Korea test-fires ballistic missile ahead of US-China summit
Apr 06, 2017 - 06:44
When conducting nuclear and missiles tests in recent years, it has cited what it calls increasing US military threats. China is North Korea's economic bedrock, accounting for more than 80% of its smaller neighbor's foreign trade.

Tillerson's terse words seen as tactical change over NKorea
Apr 06, 2017 - 06:38
Most North Korean missiles use liquid propellant, which generally must be added to the missile on the launch pad before firing. North Korea may be raised as an issue, but I would be very surprised to see any significant breakthroughs on that front.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Practice rounds resume, patrons returning to the Masters
Apr 06, 2017 - 06:23
The Masters starts on April 6, and Woods will miss the tournament for the third time in four years because of back issues. On the Saturday of the 2016 tournament, McIlroy had been alongside Spieth in the final pairing.

Masters Odds Roundup: Johnson, McIlroy, Spieth Betting Lines, Analysis
Apr 05, 2017 - 07:04
Hadwin is +4000 to win, +700 to be the top debutante, -303 to be top Canadian, -227 to make the cut and +157 to miss. Adding, "I was in a bad situation with my mum, but I'm here and that's what I've got to be thankful for".

South Carolina postpones national title celebration
Apr 04, 2017 - 14:16
But while MS state has the talent, heart and a sudden national following, the Bulldogs face an extremely tough opponent in SC . Each of the numbers had a specific meaning with 1 symbolizing one goal, one team, one dream, one family and one focus.

Fifth Inning Sinks Pittsburgh Pirates On Opening Day
Apr 04, 2017 - 14:09
Stephen Strasburg (1-0) earned the victory, allowing 2 runs and 6 hits in 7 innings, pitching out of the stretch the whole way. David Ortiz may be gone and David Price is starting on this disabled list, but this team is bringing serious talent.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gonzaga, North Carolina preparing for national title game
Apr 03, 2017 - 07:07
Hairston played the four that year. "I thought we were gonna win anyway", Boucher said. "They nearly carried me into the arena". When South Carolina trailed by 14 in the second half Saturday night, the Gamecocks reaction could have been a shoulder shrug.

Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels
Apr 03, 2017 - 02:01
Going into the Final Four games this weekend, North Carolina was the slight favorite to win the title (at +140), OddsShark noted. Berry is now shooting 17 for 50 (34 percent) overall and 8 for 34 (24 percent) from 3-point range in five NCAA Tournament games.

April Begins With Threat of Severe Thunderstorms Across the South
Apr 03, 2017 - 01:49
The overall severe threat is going to be dependent on a few variables, but is generally on the lower end to middle of the road. Highs will get near 70 degrees with a wind shifting from the east to the south and gusting to 25 miles per hour at times.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Was Trump joking on health care — AP SPIN METER
Apr 02, 2017 - 05:46
But Greg Walden, a Republican from OR and former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, sounded optimistic on Tuesday. Sen. "All last week he was calling them". "If we just sit up here and play tiddlywinks, it'll hurt us", he said.

Jeremy Conn: NCAA Final Four Thoughts
Apr 02, 2017 - 05:43
Gonzaga is looking to win its first championship as a continuation of the program's rise to prominence after the last two decades. The other game looks to be the more explosive of the two games as OR and North Carolina play different styles.