Willett set for return after Augusta triumph

By Matthew Beedle

Sheffield golfer Danny Willett is set to make his first competitive appearance since his win at the Masters in April.

The world number 9 will compete in the Players’ Championship at TPC Sawgrass, his first start since moving to America to play on the PGA Tour as a fulltime member.

His victory at Augusta National came as a surprise to most, even himself, after he had to be persuaded to play by wife Nicole following the birth of their child, Zach.

Willett's first major win came at Augusta National at the start of April

Willett’s first major win came at Augusta National at the start of April

 

He has admitted that his schedule has become very busy after fending off Jordan Spieth to win the green jacket. During his press conference at Sawgrass, Willett told the PGA Tour website: ” It’s been a busy four weeks compared to a nice, quiet four weeks with a little down time in there but I haven’t played as much golf as I would have liked to.”

Willett, 28, has played in 23 PGA Tour events since making his debut on the tour in 2010 while playing the rest of his competitive golf on the European Tour.

He currently sits 38th in the Fedex Cup rankings after more than doubling his PGA Tour earnings with his $1.8m (£1.2m) prize money he received from winning the Masters.

His win was also historic for English golf as it was the first time an Englishman had secured the Masters since Nick Faldo’s effort back in 1986.

Willett’s feat means he now holds a lifetime exemption for the Masters, as well as five year exemptions into the US Open, The Open and PGA Championship.

He also leads the qualification rankings to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.


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