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Masters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett doesn’t al­ways go out of his way to make you feel com­fort­able, and that might be why he’s such a tough com­peti­tor.As his Euro­peanTour teacher and fel­low English­man, Mike Walker, says,“Hav­ing been the No 1 ama­teur in the world in 2008, he has al­ways ex­pected a lot of him­self. He’s not un­friendly. He’s sin­gle-minded.” Wil­lett, a 2007 Walker Cup stand­out, had to learn pa­tience as a pro. It wasn’t un­til 2012 that he cap­tured the BMW In­ter­na­tional, the rst of ve Euro­pean Tour titles, the oth­ers be­ing the Ned­bank Chal­lenge (2014), Euro­pean Masters (2015), Dubai Desert Clas­sic (2016), and now the Masters. In the Open at St An­drews last year he was one shot out of the 36-hole lead, and nished T-6, his pre­vi­ous best show­ing in a ma­jor.

As Wil­lett re nes his swing, mainly work­ing to elim­i­nate the miss to the left, look for more great things.“He’s be­come a much bet­ter put­ter this year,” ac­cord­ing to Walker, who says he gave Wil­lett drills that would help the av­er­age golfer, in­clud­ing hit­ting balls with only the right or left arm.“They mag­nify the prob­lem so we know what to work on,”Walker says.

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