DANNY READY TO DOMINATE IN DUBAI
Masters champion wants to end a ‘turbulent’ year on another high
Despite the various permutations confronting the four contenders for the Race to Dubai title, for Danny Willett the equation could not be simpler. Just win the DP World Tour Championship.
The Englishman trails current leader Henrik Stenson by close to 300,000 points, while the inform Alex Noren and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy can also end the year as European No. 1 following the final tournament of the season in Dubai this weekend.
For each player there are numerous scenarios that could see them finish the season on top, but Willett has refused to spend time analysing what his rivals need to do as he knows victory on Sunday would see him top the rankings for the first time.
“I haven’t looked at that stuff,” said Willett at a press conference at Jumeirah Golf Estates. “What I’m worrying about is coming here and winning, that’s the main thing.
“If you look at the last few years it is usually the guy who wins this event wins the Race to Dubai.
“It’s a situation where if you win, you win. It’s a good place to be in.”
‘We’ve had the ultimate highs and a few real lows the last few months.’ – DANNY WILLETT
Willett narrowly missed out on the Race to Dubai title last year when McIlroy triumphed on the Earth course and claimed a memorable double victory.
On that occasion Willett was leading the rankings going into the DP World Tour Championship.
Despite being in a slightly worse position this year, the 29-year-old is simply happy to be in with a chance of victory after an up-and-down season that saw him win a maiden major at the Masters but struggle for form in the last few months.
“It’s been a very turbulent year,” said Willett. “We’ve had ultimate highs and a few real lows the last few months.
“Now I have four rounds of golf left in what’s been a pretty long season and a slightly different situation to last year, but I still need to win the golf tournament to win the Race to Dubai.
“Again we’re in a situation were 52 weeks ago we sat here in the similar position. There’s still a chance of getting to No. 1.
“If we can topple Henrik that would be fantastic. If we don’t, so be it.
“I think potentially at the end of the season it may be easier to be sat here chasing someone down this week than trying to hold on to a lead.”
UP AND DOWN YEAR: Danny Willett in action during last weekend’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa