However, Zachariah was born almost two weeks early after a c-section, meaning his father could jet off to Augusta. He is expected to return home tomorrow to celebrate getting his hands on the coveted green jacket with his family.
Like Faldo’s last victory at Augusta 20 years ago, Willett benefited from a collapse by last year’s champion Jordan Spieth, who led the tournament from day one until the 12th hole on day four when he twice sent his ball flying into the water.
Mrs Willett (pictured) described her husband as a ‘devoted golfer’
‘It’s awesome,’ Willett, who is 11th in the world rankings, told CBS.
‘We played great golf today. It’s been a fantastic week. We had to go out and shoot a good score and put a little pressure on and luckily we have done that.’
The champion, who was a 66/1 outsider with many bookies before the tournament, added: ‘It has been crazy I can’t really describe the emotions and feelings, someone has got to win and fortunately today it was me.
‘My wife was born in ten minutes time 28 years ago, my son was due today and born early to let me come and play, talk about fate, it has just been a crazy week.
‘It was tough Jordan kept pulling ahead and I had to dig in and dig in. I thought we needed to get to six or seven.
‘It was a surreal day with ebbs and flows. I was fortunate that the shots we hit were correct and I holed putts when I needed to.’
He told the BBC: ‘People were saying “Try to bring the Green Jacket home for the little man”. It’s a bit big but I am sure he will grow into it.’
Sir Nick Faldo later congratulated Willett on Twitter, writing: ‘Congratulations Masters Champion @Danny_Willett -Great playing! #67 Gave Britain and @EuropeanTour a reason to celebrate Cheers!’
Just last month Willett had said he was contemplating missing the tournament because Mrs Willett – who he married in 2013 – was pregnant.
‘If Nic hasn’t given birth before the first round, I won’t be going,’ he had said.
‘It would be too close to the due date, and too far to get back. Obviously in an ideal world, we’ll have a smooth, early birth and I can get out there, even if I don’t fly until the Tuesday or Wednesday, because it’s not a tournament you really want to miss. But if not, there will be other Masters.’
Mrs Willett had caddied for her husband in the par-three pre-tournament contest on the eve of his debut in last year’s Masters, in which he came 38th.
After Zachariah arrived, new father Willett had planned to fly across the Atlantic last Tuesday, but manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler talked him into coming on Monday, to have more than 48 hours to prepare.
He was the 89th and last player to check in, just as Jack Nicklaus was 89th when he won his sixth Masters in 1986.
Willett is the son of a Church of England vicar — the Reverend Steve Willett, whose parish church is Christ Church at Hackenthorpe, Sheffield — and a maths teacher, Elisabet, who works at a comprehensive school in Barnsley.
He is the third of four sons and was introduced to golf by his two older brothers, Peter and Matthew – who today, along with their parents spoke of their pride at the win.
Peter Willett, 33, a teacher based in Birmingham, even became a bit of a star in his own right for a quirky Twitter commentary of the game into the small hours.
Following the tournament on Twitter, he wrote: ‘Just. Hit. The. Green… Please.’ and ‘If the boy does what he should, I will be able to say ‘I’ve shared a bath with a Masters winners – brilliant’.
Willett’s youngest brother Sam, 17, who was at the golfer’s house (pictured) this morning with Mrs Willett and her newborn son said his the golfer’s triumph was ‘like winning the World Cup’
Mrs Willett also took to Twitter to say how proud she was of her husband, and how she was keen for him to return to the UK
In typical brotherly style, he also found the time to make fun of his brother, tweeting: ‘Green makes you look fat, refuse the jacket.’
This morning he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday morning that the news of his brother’s win had ‘not sunk in yet’.
‘I have been checking my phone all night and watching clips,’ he said. ‘He was absolutely awesome and it was a pleasure to watch.’
He added: ‘I feel really, really proud.’
Willett’s other older brother Matthew, a firefighter who used to caddy for the new Masters champion, said his brother’s career had started out of the sporty family’s sibling rivalry.
‘We used to go down to the pitch and putt and he seemed to be the one that took to it best. Well obviously!’, he said, laughing.
Rebecca Willett, Danny’s sister-in-law, said: ‘It’s all been crazy and we’re all so proud of him.’
She said that Willett did not know whether he would be able to play in light of his wife’s due date and called it ‘fate’ that the baby had arrived early.
Willett’s brother PJ took to Twitter to support his sibling, and take a few cheeky pot shots at him
Danny Willett pictured with wife Nicole at last year’s Par 3 contest before the 2015 Masters, his debut at Augusta
But the couple said that they didn’t celebrate when Willett’s rival Spieth hit a second ball into the water and Mr Willett said: ‘It was our Danny that won it. The way he played from then on was incredible.’
Rev Willett, who recently retired and has moved to a farmhouse in Wales, said his son’s ‘meteoric’ rise to success had taken him by surprise.
‘He has always thought his chances were good. I have never been particularly up with golf – I play it but I had no idea that he could do this. It’s wonderful,’ he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Willett’s mother told the show that her son had first taken up golf during childhood holidays in Anglesey, when Rev Willett would take the boys to play golf.
‘Gradually Danny got better and better than all the rest of them and we thought maybe there was something there,’ she said.
Rev Willett said they had later argued when he used to keep him off school after late sessions on the course so he could improve his golf.
‘Every Wednesday – my wife used to argue with me – I’d take him to a golf club, drop him off, pick him up at 8 o’clock at night and get told off for keeping him off school,’ he said.
Willett’s mother joked that her husband used to write ‘the most appalling’ excuses for keeping him off school.
She said: ‘He used to say Danny wasn’t in school yesterday but he’s here today, and that used to be it for years and years. But the PE department, the better he got the more they supported him so the school in the end was fantastic.’
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