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Born: 1987-10-03, Sheffield, England
Nationality: GBR
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170lbs
Home: Rotherham, England
College: Jacksonville State
Turned Pro: 2008
Official World Golf Ranking: 13
Notes: Funny how things work out. In February of 2015 Danny Willett started experiencing a lot of back pain. He had it for most of 2013 but it went away. Now that things were looking up for him, he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the end of 2014 and got into the top 50 to receive a Masters invite, when the back started acting up at the Malaysian Open. He withdrew worried he wouldn't be able to play in his first Masters. Over time he has learned how to manage his recurring ba...

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Danny Willett

Funny how things work out. In February of 2015 Danny Willett started experiencing a lot of back pain. He had it for most of 2013 but it went away. Now that things were looking up for him, he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the end of 2014 and got into the top 50 to receive a Masters invite, when the back started acting up at the Malaysian Open. He withdrew worried he wouldn't be able to play in his first Masters. Over time he has learned how to manage his recurring back injury, he was able to play in the 2015 Masters and finished T-38th. But a year later another problem came up when Willett and his wife Nicole were to have a child that was due to arrive on April 10, the final round of the Masters. So for a while there was a thought that again something could hold him back of playing in the Masters. Modern medicine marched in to save the day as Nicole was going in a week before the Masters for a scheduled C-section. Zachariah James Willett was born on March 30 and it gave dad enough time to get them settled into their English home while he flew to Augusta for the Masters. Twelve days later Willett received another gift when Jordan Spieth squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes to play. Little will history record that Willett did shoot a bogey-free 67, only the sixth time in Masters history that a winner was bogey-free in the final round. Over the course of his week he only had one three-putt and with his win he became the first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years, the last was Nick Faldo in 1996.
Willett was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and is the son of a preacher and a math teacher. In 2007, he won the English Amateur Championship and Yorkshire Amateur in 2007, and competed at the Walker Cup at Royal County Down. In March 2008, he became the world?s No. 1-ranked amateur.
Willett played two seasons for Jacksonville State University in the U.S. During his time at JSU, he was the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and won medalist honors at the 2007 OVC Championship. He was a first-team All-OVC performer and a member of the OVC?s All-Tournament Team both seasons. He went back to Europe and was the leading amateur after finishing T-10th at the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in May 2008. Willett turned professional after that and earned his European Tour card for the 2009 season through qualifying school. Following a successful 2009 when he finished 58th in the inaugural Race to Dubai with eight top-10s, Willett challenged at the 2010 BMW PGA Championship, taking the first-round lead before falling off the pace and finishing 5th, winning ?190,800. Following this performance, he moved into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. He finished the 2010 season ranked 23rd on the Order of Merit. He made his breakthrough in 2012, winning the BMW International Open after beating Marcus Fraser in a playoff. He proposed to his girlfriend a couple of weeks later. In September, finished T-2nd at the Omega European Masters en route to taking 23rd place in the Race to Dubai, matching his best finish. It was the perfect way to put a frustrating 2011 behind him, having finished 91st in the Race to Dubai.
2013 Notes: Played in 22 events with four top-10s. Best finish was T-3rd at the ISPS Handa Perth International. He ranked 62nd in the Race to Dubai.
2014 Notes: Followed with a hugely consistent season, in which he recorded seven top-10 finishes en route to a 25th-place ranking in the Race to Dubai. Best finishes were T-3rd at the Irish Open, T-4th at the Turkish Airlines Open, and T-5th at the Omega European Masters and Maybank Malaysian Open.
2015 Notes: Willett sealed his second European Tour victory at the first event of the 2015 season, the Nedbank Golf Challenge. An 18-under-par total in Sun City was enough to defeat compatriots Ross Fisher and Luke Donald and collect the biggest paycheck of his career. Followed that successful week with another strong performance in South Africa, this time at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, where he was in contention for back-to-back wins before finishing T-4th. Thanks to these two events that were played in December 2014, he went from 84th in the world ranking to 50th on the last day of the year, right on the button for getting a Masters invitation. After the Masters, he reached the semifinals of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, losing to Gary Woodland, 3 & 2, and then defeated Jim Furyk in the consolation round to finish 3rd. Also finished T-6th at the Irish Open. After two rounds in the 60s at the British Open, Willett was among the leaders but shot 72-70 to finish T-6th. The next week in Switzerland, he shot rounds of 65-62-71-65 at the Omega European Masters to win by a shot over Matthew Fitzpatrick. With a T-3rd at the Italian Open and WGC-HSBC Champions, Willett made a good attempt to catch Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai. At the DP World Tour Championship, though, McIlroy won to take 1st in the Race to Dubai, while Willett finished T-4th to secure the runner-up spot.
2016 Notes: Won for the fourth time at the Dubai Desert Classic, then finished T-3rd at the WGC-Cadillac. With the birth of his first child, a boy, Willett opted against taking Special Temporary Membership to the PGA Tour for the 2015-16 season. He intends to take membership for the 2016-17 season. After Willett won the Masters he flew home and spent five weeks with his wife and newborn. He came back to play in the Players, missing the cut but then was T-23rd at the Irish Open and 3rd at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Career at a Glance: Starts: 217, Cuts Made: 163 (75%), Top Tens: 52 (24%) , Rounds: 742, Scoring Avg: 70.68, Career Earnings: $15,240,980 - Best Finish: 1st (5 times)
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