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

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"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.

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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.

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"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".

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