Who's who: Danny Willett

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Who's who: Danny Willett

  • Name:

    Daniel James Willett
  • Country:

    England
  • Born:

    Oct 3, 1987 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Rotherham GC
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer.
  • Turned Pro:

    2008 (+5 hcp)
  • Website:

    https://www.dannywillett.golf

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Masters (2016). Walker Cup player (2007). Ryder Cup player (2016). Multiple professional wins in Europe, USA, Middle East and South Africa.

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Willett's excellent amateur career culminated in a Walker Cup appearance in 2007 and being ranked the world's No.1 amateur golfer in March 2008. He turned professional in May 2008, successfully negotiating the European Tour Q-School on his first attempt.

In his debut season on the European Tour, Willett chalked up eight top ten finishes. His breakthrough win came in 2012, when he lifted the BMW International Open trophy, but only after the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff against experienced Australian golfer Marcus Fraser.

Further European Tour wins and top ten finishes followed as Willett progressed up the world rankings, consolidating his position as one of the top players on the European Tour. In 2016 he emphatically underlined his progress in professional golf with a win at Augusta National and his first major championship title. 2016 is also the year he debuted in the Ryder Cup, although with a less than impressive 0-3-0 (W-L-H) record.

Top tournaments won by Danny Willett

2021
Europe
270 (-18)
US$800,000
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

US$800,000

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

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].

2019
Europe
268 (-20)
US$1,166,660
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

US$1,166,660

Title sponsor

BMW

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].

2018
Europe
270 (-18)
US$1,333,330
DP World

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

US$1,333,330

Title sponsor

DP World

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].

2016
Majors
283 (-5)
$1,800,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$1,800,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

2016
Europe
269 (-19)
€402,670
Omega

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

€402,670

Title sponsor

Omega

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].

2015
Europe
263 (-17)
€450,000
Omega

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

263 (-17)

Prize money

€450,000

Title sponsor

Omega

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].

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$1,250,000

Title sponsor

Nedbank

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].

2012
Europe
277 (-11)
€333,330
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Willett, Danny

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

€333,330

Title sponsor

BMW

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].

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