“The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat”

 

Eight days ago, Danny Willett wasn’t going to play in the 2016 Masters. Nicole, Danny’s wife was, expecting. The baby’s due date? Today, the final round of the Masters.

Zachariah Willett was born March 30, eleven days ago, just five days before Masters Week commenced.

Today, on Zachariah’s original due date, new dad Danny Willett won the 2016 Masters.

Congratulations, Danny, on a magical two weeks.

You don’t have to be a sports fan to celebrate a story like this.

In the aftermath of victory, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth, winner of last year’s Masters and leader after every single round the last two years of this tournament, was leading today’s final round by five strokes with nine holes to play.

Just three holes later, Jordan Spieth trailed by three, an eight stroke swing.

Jordan made a valiant comeback. He was within two strokes of the new leader with three holes to play. But he couldn’t complete the charge back to the top and finished tied for second.

Add to the agony of the collapse, as last year’s winner, Jordan had to congratulate and participate in the traditional presentation of the Masters Green Jacket to this year’s winner. Quite a humbling scene for a 22-year-old. He handled it with class and humility.

You’ve got to feel for the young man. But perhaps the fates had a hand in the events of the day.

As Jim McKay used to say so dramatically at the beginning of the ABC television show, Wide World of Sports,

“the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.”

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