Ail­ing Wil­lett with­draws

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: Danny Wil­lett, al­ready in medi­ocre form ahead of his Mas­ters de­fence, suf­fered a po­ten­tial set­back when he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional, cit­ing ill­ness on Thurs­day.

Wil­lett with­drew shortly be­fore his sched­uled tee time, al­low­ing an al­ter­nate to take his place in the field at Bay Hill in Or­lando, Florida.

“Re­ally sad to with­draw,” the English­man said on Twit­ter.

“I’ve been up all night with ter­ri­ble sick­ness. Not ideal but felt it worse ... to take spot from re­serve if I wasn’t able to fin­ish.”

Wil­lett still has three weeks to hone his game for the year’s first ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

He has played only five tour­na­ments world­wide this year, with one fin­ish in­side the top 50 — a tie for fifth at the May­bank Cham­pi­onship in Malaysia. Reuters

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Danny Wil­lett pulled out from the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional cit­ing ill­ness.

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