Willett shoots 70 in opening round at Sawgrass

By Matthew Beedle

Danny Willett had to shake off the rust at the Players’ Championship to shoot an opening round of two under par.

The Sheffield-born golfer, who has played the majority of his golf at Rotherham Golf Club, is in his first event since his Masters win back at the start of April. This is his first event since moving to the PGA Tour as a full time member.

Willett started his round on the 10th hole and was one over par near the start of his round, but birdies on the 16th hole and the famous 17th hole made sure he finished his front nine one under.

He started well on his back nine after birdieing the first hole and going on to parring the rest of the remaining eight holes to finish two under par for the day.

The 28-year-old felt he had to dig in, in order to play below par as he told Sky Sports: ”I have not had a load of time to do a great deal of work so the game was not great, but I dug deep and hit some reasonably good shot”

Willett remains seven shots off the leader, Jason Day with the Australian carding an opening round 63 to finish nine under par. Meanwhile fellow Sheffield golfer, Matthew Fitzpatrick carded a round of 69 and finished the day at three under par.

Willett will begin his second round at the Players’ Championship at 6:25 p.m.

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