Willett rights ship after shaky start in title defence

The making of a Masters champion

Same result, different day.

Thursday was his first competitive round since a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 12th cost him a chance to win his second straight Masters title past year.

It was undoubtedly a round to forget for Willett but he did finish it off during his eighth shot, finishing with quadruple-bogey, meaning he is now five over par for the tournament. "So I didn't take my medicine, and hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off", Spieth said.

Click play on the video above to watch the full interview with defending Masters champion Danny Willett. Swirling winds that gusted up to 40 miles per hour required players to make adjustments all day, and when he didn't, Spieth paid a steep price.

"We've had two fabulous years and then you have a little bit of a downturn and it feels like the world is coming to an end".

With his fifth shot, Spieth's attempted pitch went too far, going beyond the green and close to No. 16 tee. He pitched long and went to the front of the green, and then he three-putted for a 9.

This was four shots better than 2015 champion Spieth, who followed his costly quadruple bogey on the 12th in last year's final round with another quadruple on the par-5 15th.

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Danny Willett, of England, watches on the driving range during practice for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 3, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

But the thunderous applause Spieth received when he stepped onto that tee was anything but routine.

"I was frustrated (in 2012) but I probably didn't accept things as well as I should have, " he said.

"If you allow me to finish asking the question", came the equally sharp retort. "I guess everybody else felt maybe more than I did on it", he added. He's made six birdies since and crossed into red numbers. Augusta National can bedevil the world's best in tame conditions.

After wind gusts of almost 40 miles per hour in the opening round, Friday's conditions were sunny and much milder - opening the way for several capable challengers looking to fill the void left by the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player and a heavy favorite at the season's first major. "That's the toughest part", he said.

Garcia bogeyed the same hole to drop back to two under, although his score on the 10th had been changed to a triple-bogey seven before reverting to a five.

"I don't have many more opportunities left, but I've certainly still got the skills to get my way around Augusta and put myself in position", said Casey, who finished fourth a year ago. "I saw a quote from Justin Rose over the weekend saying he would rather lose his passport than his Augusta course planner and he's totally right".



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