THE CRAZY WORLD OF A MAS­TERS CHAM­PION…

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THE FAM­ILY MAN

Af­ter land­ing at Manch­ester air­port proudly don­ning the cov­eted green jacket, Wil­lett said: “I want to get home, put the ket­tle on, change some nap­pies, close the door and set­tle down for a bit.” He owes a lot to his wife Nicole, who de­liv­ered their first child Zachariah just days be­fore he was due to leave for Au­gusta. Had she not, Wil­lett would have stayed at home and watched the Mas­ters on TV.

THE OLYMPICS

Golf made a wel­come re­turn to the Olympics af­ter a 112-year ab­sence, but it proved a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment for Wil­lett who was never in the hunt – un­like fel­low coun­try­man and gold medal­list Justin Rose – and fin­ished T37 on level par.

THE RY­DER CUP

Wil­lett’s Ry­der Cup de­but at Hazel­tine ended in dis­as­ter. He suc­cinctly summed the ex­pe­ri­ence up by de­scrib­ing it as ‘sh*t’ and, when asked to elab­o­rate, re­sponded with ‘re­ally ‘sh*t’. Wil­lett’s cause wasn’t helped by his brother’s deroga­tory comments about US fans.

THE MONEY

Af­ter be­com­ing the sec­ond English­man to win the green jacket, Wil­lett sur­passed the £10m mark in ca­reer earn­ings and was tipped to be­come Eng­land’s rich­est ever golfer, with off-course earn­ings to­talling £5m over the next two years.

THE TRAP­PINGS

He cel­e­brated join­ing the maiden Ma­jor club by splash­ing out £140,000 on a new McLaren 570S with an equally-strik­ing US16 MAS num­ber plate.

A WIN­NING CAD­DIE

At last year’s Dun­hill Links, Wil­lett and bag­man Jonathan Smart won the team event. Wil­lett was full of praise for his part­ner’s put­ting prow­ess, say­ing: “It made every­one, in­clud­ing us pros, look bad on the greens. It was daft!”

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