Wil­lett aim­ing to end ‘tur­bu­lent year’

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DANNY WIL­LETT has gone through a dif­fi­cult spell since land­ing a sur­prise first ma­jor vic­tory at the US Masters in April but be­lieves he is start­ing to see the first green shoots of golf­ing re­cov­ery.

The English­man has man­aged just two top-10 fin­ishes since his win at Au­gusta but a tie for 11th in Sun­day’s Ned­bank Chal­lenge in South Africa has given him ex­tra be­lief for this week’s sea­son-end­ing DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in Dubai.

“It was nice to fi­nally get a few nice rounds un­der-par and get some good feel­ings back and come to a golf course now that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily suit me 100 per­cent as much as it does the other guys,” Wil­lett told re­porters yes­ter­day.

The 29-year-old is one of four play­ers look­ing to fin­ish the cam­paign as Euro­pean No. 1.

The English­man, the sub­ject of ver­bal abuse from the Amer­i­can fans at last month’s Ry­der Cup fol­low­ing deroga­tory com­ments made by his brother, is up against Swedes Hen­rik Sten­son and Alex Noren and Rory McIl­roy of North­ern Ire­land in his quest to win the money-list.

Wil­lett must fin­ish among the top-five in Dubai to have any hope of dis­lodg­ing No. 1 Sten­son, the Bri­tish Open cham­pion.

“It could be an ex­cit­ing week,” he said. “It’s been a very tur­bu­lent year.

“We’ve had the ul­ti­mate of highs and a few real lows the last few months. We’ve got four rounds of golf left in what’s been a pretty long sea­son.

“I’d love to fin­ish first on the Race to Dubai at least once in my life,” Wil­lett added. – Reuters

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