Danny Willett is an English professional golfer with multiple wins on the European Tour including his incredible major victory at the 2016 Masters tournament.
Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in October 1987, Willett played collegiate golf in America at Jacksonville State University. In 2007 he won the English Amateur Championship and was a member of the Walker Cup Team. In 2008 Willett became the number one amateur in the world before deciding to turn professional later that year.
By 2009 Willett had earned his European tour card and quickly set to work establishing himself as a player to watch, racking up 8-top-10 finishes in his Rookie year. The Englishman continued to prove himself on Tour the following season posting 5-top-5 finishes and landing 23rd in the Race to Dubai.
Willett secured his first career win in 2012 at the BMW International Open, defeating Marcus Fraser in a sudden death playoff. The Callaway player continued to play consistently and with his third place finish at the 2015 WGC - Cadillac Match Play he earned temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the season.
In April 2016 Willett achieved his biggest success to date – winning the 2016 Masters Tournament after returning champion Jordan Spieth’s epic meltdown on the back nine during the final day. The then 28-year-old was ecstatic and even a little shocked by his Augusta victory.
“There is happiness, exhilaration, everything,” Willett told reporters afterwards. “It’s not as if I slowly crept into the lead. Usually you are to-ing and fro-ing, but for Jordan to drop four shots on one hole? You just can’t understand it.”
Adding, “You just can’t describe the emotions and feelings. We all go out there and try to play good golf, and ultimately somebody has to win the tournament. Fortunately, today was my day.”
2012 – BMW International Open
2014 – Nedbank Golf Challenge
2015 – Omega European Masters
2016 – Omega Dubai Desert Classic
2016 – Masters Tournament
2018 - The DP World Tour Championship