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Willett wins the Masters after shocking Spieth collapse

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Willett wins the Masters after shocking Spieth collapse

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.

Jordan Spieth was even more stunned.

Nine holes away from history, the defending Masters champion threw it all away in a collapse around Amen Corner that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. He played the opening three holes of the back nine in 6 over par, including a quadruple bogey at the 12th.

Willet, five shots behind with six holes left to play, birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of Spieth's meltdown. He closed with a 5-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.

The 28-year-old Englishman wasn't even planning to play. His wife was due with their first child on this very day. Their son, Zachariah James, was born on March 30, clearing Willett to a most unlikely path to becoming a major champion.

Willett won in his second Masters, ending Europe's 17-year drought at Augusta National, and he became the first player from England to win the green jacket since Nick Faldo in 1996.

How fitting. Faldo also shot 67 that day in a final round remembered more for Greg Norman throwing away a six-shot lead.

Spieth, trying to become the first player in history to win wire-to-wire in a major in successive years, ran off four straight birdies to end the front nine and build a five-shot lead.

And then it all fell apart.

A bogey from the bunker on No. 10. A tee shot into the trees on No. 11 that led to another bogey. Willett made birdie on the 14th to get within one shot. Spieth only needed to get past the dangerous par-3 12th hole to settle himself, especially with two par 5s in front of him.

Instead, his tee shot bounced off the slope and into the water. From the drop zone, his wedge was fat and Spieth turned his head. He didn't even look as it plopped into the water again. He made a quadruple-bogey 7.

On the 10th tee, Spieth was five shots ahead. On the 13th tee, he was three shots behind.

Spieth still had a chance when he birdied both par 5s to get within two shots with three to play. But he missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 16th, and his bogey from the bunker ended all hope. He closed with a 73 and tied for second with Lee Westwood (69).

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

The 2017 British Open is gearing up for another classic tournament. Hosted at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club for a 10th time, the Open Championship is a must-see for the casual sports fan. 

As the oldest major championship in professional golf, 2017 will be the 146th time The Open takes place.

This competition is one of the few that consistently features the greatest competition in the world. 

Littered with past champions, the 2017 Open Championship will once again be one of the toughest events in golf. Henrik Stenson will be back looking to defend his title, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickleson are still looking for their first PGA Tour win of the season, and Dustin Johnson looks to continue his stellar year chasing a second major championship.

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2017 BRISTH OPEN INFORMATION:

What: The 146 Open Championship (British Open) golf tournament
When: Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
TV Channel: Golf Channel, NBC Universal
Livestream: Golf Channel Digital, NBC Sports Live

2017 BRISTH OPEN FIELD:

Players have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 14 to commit to the Open Championship.

The field will be announced by the PGA Tour as soon as possible following the deadline. 

 

2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

After two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, David Lingmerth continues to sweep through the competition. In back-to-back rounds, the Sweede shot a 65 to maintain the tournament lead at the TPC Potomac through the first two days.

At 10-under par, Lingmerth's stroke lead is only two with Geoff Ogilvy at 8-under who also shot a 65 on Day 2. 

Round 3 of the 2017 Quicken Loans National will start Saturday morning just before 8:00 a.m. ET. The first pairing to be sent out will be Lucas Glover (+4) and Patrick Rodgers (+4).

Lingmerth tees off at 1:35 p.m. with Ogilvy.  

Tournament favorite, Rickie Fowler will tee off at 10:01 after staying at 2-over at TPC Potomac. The cut was made at 4-over Currently he sits tied at 37th in the tournament rankings. 

Coverage of Round 3 can be seen starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, going to 2:30 p.m. CBS picks up TV coverage at 3:00 and will hold the tournament down until the end of the round or  until 6:00 p.m.

2017 Quicken Loans National Saturday Tee Times/ Pairings

7:55 A.M.: Lucas Glover, Patrick Rodgers

8:04 A.M.: Vaughn Taylor, Billy Hurley III
8:13 A.M.: Tony Finau, Russell Henley
8:22 A.M.: Brandon Hagy, Ollie Schniederjans
8:31 A.M.: Kevin Na, Byeong Hun An
8:40 A.M.: Xander Schauffelle, Hudson Swafford
8:49 A.M.: Ryan Blaum, Shawn Stefani
8:58 A.M.: D.A. Points, J.J. Henry

9:07 A.M.: Martin Flores, Time Wilkinson
9:16 A.M.: Derek Fathauer, Jason Gore
9:25 A.M.: Ben Crane, Jonathan Randolph
9:34 A.M.: Billy Horschel, Wesley Bryan
9:43 A.M.: Scott Stallings, J.B. Holmes
9:52 A.M.: Grayson Murray, David Hearn

10:01 A.M.: Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler
10:10 A.M.: Kelly Kraft, Brett Stegmaier
10:19 A.M.: Wyndham Clark, Kevin Tway
10:28 A.M.: Matt Jones, Mackenzie Hughes
10:37 A.M.: Robert Garrigus, Harold Varner III
10:46 A.M.: Brian Gay, Zac Blair
10:55 A.M.: Seamus Power, Trey Mullinax

11:05 A.M.: Ben Martin, Robert Streb
11:15 A.M.: Cameron Percy, Sam Saunders
11:25 A.M.: Kevin Streelman, Spencer Levin
11:35 A.M.: James Hahn, Kyle Stanley
11:45 A.M.: Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III
11:55 A.M.: Martin Laird, Curtis Luck

12:05 P.M.: Bill Haas, Peter Malnati
12:15 P.M.: Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed
12:25 P.M.: Marc Leishman, Andrew Loupe
12:35 P.M.: Kyle Reifers, Bryson DeChambeau
12:45 P.M.: Tyrone Van Aswegen, Danny Lee
12:55 P.M.: Johnson Wagner, Michael Kim

1:05 P.M.: Ricky Barnes, Harris English
1:15 P.M.: Sung Kang, Nick Taylor
1:25 P.M.: Daniel Summerhays, Ajurn Atwal
1:35 P.M.: David Lingmerth, Geoff Ogilvy