Name:Daniel James Willett
Born:Oct 3, 1987 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
Original/Home Club:Rotherham GC
Turned Pro:2008 (+5 hcp)
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Sept 30-Oct 3). Second-placed Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) and Joakim Lagergren (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Danny Willett (Eng), who celebrated his eighth European Tour win and 34th birthday on the final day. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds also at: Carnoustie GC and Kingsbarns GC].
Played as the BMW PGA Championship (Sept 19-22; fourth of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events). Second-placed Jon Rahm (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Willett (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 15-18; last of eight European Tour Rolex Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Matt Wallace (Eng) and Patrick Reed (USA) finished 2 shots behind Danny Willett (Eng), who recorded his first victory since winning the 2016 Masters Tournament. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
The Masters Tournament (80th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Jordan Spieth (USA) and Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Willett (Eng). The door opened for Willett when Spieth quadruple-bogeyed the par-3 12th in the final round. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 4-7; European Tour event). Second-placed Andy Sullivan (Eng) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Danny Willett (Eng), who claimed his fourth European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Omega European Masters (July 23-26; Eurpn/Asian tours event). Second-placed Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), looking for his first European Tour win, finished 1 shot behind Willett (Eng), who recorded his third European Tour win. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 4-7; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2015 season opener played in 2014; limited field of 30 top tour professionals). Second-placed Ross Fisher (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Willett (Eng), who was making his debut in this event. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
Played as the BMW International Open (June 21-24). 24-year-old Danny Willett (Eng) beat Marcus Fraser (Aus) at the fourth playoff hole, to record his first European Tour win. [Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, nr Cologne, Germany].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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