The Daily Telegraph

Three-putt on last green costs Willett £500k

- By James Corrigan golf Correspond­ent

Danny Willett suffered a golfer’s worst nightmare when missing a winning three-foot putt – and then the return effort for a play-off place.

Max Homa could not believe his luck. Strolling up to the last green at the Fortinet Championsh­ip, the American was all but resigned to seeing his English playing partner taking the £1.27 million winner’s cheque.

Homa was one behind and still off the green in three on the par-five, while Willett was in close for a birdie. And even when Homa, the defending champion, chipped in, it still appeared that Willett would lift his first title on US soil since the 2016 Masters. But then came

Willett’s shocking three-putt, having grazed the hole with his first effort, and Homa was celebratin­g his fourth victory in the past two years.

Willett, 34, took the defeat on the chin, despite the realisatio­n the collapse had cost him almost £500,000, the difference between first and second.

“We’ll live to fight another day,” he said. “It’s a shame with how it finished.”

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Putt for second place and £770,000
Putt for title outright and £1.27m prize Putt for second place and £770,000
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The Englishman’s second putt again lips the hole but runs on for less than a foot
Putt for title play-off and still possible £1.27m The Englishman’s second putt again lips the hole but runs on for less than a foot
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Danny Willett’s first putt from 3ft 7in grazes the hole and runs on for 4ft 8in
 ?? ?? Putt No3 is a simple tap-in but the title and big prize have gone
Putt No3 is a simple tap-in but the title and big prize have gone

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