Willett returns after a masterful month off
Englishman has only played one full round since Augusta win
Masters champion Danny Willett has been away from golf for a month and has been working harder than ever. Not with his golf clubs but with a pen.
The last box of some 200 yellow Masters flags arrived on Tuesday for Willett to sign for players and charities, bringing the total to what manager Chubby Chandler estimated at just short of 1,000 since the 28-year-old from England slipped on a green jacket.
As for the golf? Not so much. He played 18 holes with his friends at home on Saturday then nine holes on Monday when he showed up at the TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship. “Only time I’ve been on the golf course in the last month,” said Willett. “A little rusty. Try and get some work done this week and hopefully we’ll have shook off a little bit of that rust.” This was a nice problem to have. Even before he rallied from a five-shot deficit to beat Jordan Spieth on the back nine at Augusta National, Willett had planned a quiet month away from golf with his wife and newborn son to relax and do “normal things”. He wasn’t planning on chaos back home in a country celebrating its first Masters champion in 20 years. There were media appearances with his green jacket, a trip to the UEFA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Villareal, and an appearance at the World Snooker Championship in his hometown of Sheffield.
“It’s still not sunk in, to be honest,” said the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic champion.
Willett plans to bring his green jacket with him wherever he plays, and with it comes big expectations.
The next few years will decide whether he’s more of a curiosity than a celebrity.
9 Danny Willett is currently ninth in the Official Golf World Rankings