Danny Willett Reflects On 2016 Masters Win, Prepares For Augusta Title Defense - uSports.org

Log In

  • Home  /
  • News   / Daily Digest   /
  • Danny Willett Reflects On 2016 Masters Win, Prepares For Augusta Title Defense
Danny Willett Reflects On 2016 Masters Win, Prepares For Augusta Title Defense Full view

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Danny Willett of Europe plays a tee shot during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Danny Willett Reflects On 2016 Masters Win, Prepares For Augusta Title Defense

One year ago, Danny Willett capitalized on a series of mistakes from Jordan Spieth to win the Masters Tournament, his first major title.

Danny Willett gears up For 2017 Masters

Willett took the fabled green jacket from Spieth and won the $1.8 million first-place prize.

Now, the 29-year-old Englishman is gearing up for this year’s tournament at Augusta, Georgia which begins April 6.

Willett has reflected on his life-altering win from 2016, and how he hasn’t won a tournament since that event.

“It’s just getting everything in perspective and realizing what you’ve achieved is pretty special, that people don’t do that every day,” Willett told CNN’s Living Golf show. “It’s been a sharp learning curve for me because it did knock me back a little bit.”

Then 28, Willett was the first Brit to win in Georgia since Nick Faldo claimed the last of his three titles in 1996. He was also the first European champion since Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal’s second win in 1999. Willett was ranked 12th in the world at the time.


Willett, a Sheffield native, wasn’t even originally going to participate in the 2016 Masters. His wife was due to give birth to their first child on the final Sunday.

The Englishman vowed to withdraw if his baby didn’t arrive before the tournament began, but his son ended up being born seven days before the first round, so he took a plane out to America.

Willett finished no better than tied 37th in the rest of the year’s three majors.

The reigning Masters champ also had to deal with a loss at the Ryder Cup last year, as well as the fallout from a scathing column his brother Peter wrote about American golf fans around that time.

The Masters victory gave him “unrealistic” expectations, he says.

“In terms of golfing heights it’s the pinnacle, and I achieved that day what you dream of achieving,” adds Willett, the third of four brothers from a mother who was a teacher and father who was a vicar. “Unfortunately your mind and body think you can do that every single day. If you compare every week to that week you’re going to be unhappy. I was working very hard but I was incredibly tough on myself if things weren’t going perfect in practice. Why? You’ve just done this (win the Masters).
“That’s the toughest thing to get sorted is the realization that this game is hard, and as fantastic and as good as the highs are, the lows will bring you straight back down to earth pretty quickly.”
We’ll see next week how Willett fares at this year’s Masters.
CHASKA, MN – SEPTEMBER 29: Danny Willett of Europe plays a tee shot during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 29, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Chat With uSports On Facebook! Get the latest news and interviews delivered directly to your Messenger!

Featured articles on uInterview.com

Written by Pablo Mena

Writer and assistant editor for usports.org. NY Giants and Rangers fan. Film and TV enthusiast (especially Harry Potter and The Office) and lover of foreign languages and cultures.

Latest News

Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff Confirms Logo Change Despite Backlash From Eric Dickerson & Fans

Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff Confirms Logo Change Despite Backlash From Eric Dickerson & Fans

Los Angeles Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff confirmed Monday that the brand new logo released in March will be donned by the team…

Former New Orleans Saints’ Kicker Tom Dempsey, Who Lacked Toes, Dies At 73 From Coronavirus

Former New Orleans Saints’ Kicker Tom Dempsey, Who Lacked Toes, Dies At 73 From Coronavirus

Former New Orleans Saints’ kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday at the age of 73 after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). His family…

British Golf Open Championship Postponed Until 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

British Golf Open Championship Postponed Until 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The Open Championship has been postponed until 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.…

Mississippi State Football Coach Mike Leach Apologizes For Controversial Tweet Of A Noose

Mississippi State Football Coach Mike Leach Apologizes For Controversial Tweet Of A Noose

Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach apologized Thursday for a tweet that showed a woman knitting her husband a noose…

AJ Hinch & Jeff Luhnow Suspensions Fulfilled In 2020 Regardless If MLB Season Canceled

AJ Hinch & Jeff Luhnow Suspensions Fulfilled In 2020 Regardless If MLB Season Canceled

Ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and former Astros manager AJ Hinch will fulfill their one-season suspensions for the team’s sign-stealing scandal…

Former Jaguars’ All-Pro Tackle Tony Boselli Details His Coronavirus Experience

Former Jaguars’ All-Pro Tackle Tony Boselli Details His Coronavirus Experience

Former All-Pro Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli confirmed Thursday that he’s been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). In an interview…

Las Vegas Raiders’ Deal With DB Eli Apple Falls Through

Las Vegas Raiders’ Deal With DB Eli Apple Falls Through

After Eli Apple confirmed that he had signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 18, league sources told…

Women’s U.S. Golf Open Rescheduled For December Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Women’s U.S. Golf Open Rescheduled For December Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The USGA announced Friday that the U.S. Women’s Open would be postponed until December amid the spread of COVID-19. The…

New England Patriots Send Jet To Bring 1.2 Million N95 Masks From China

New England Patriots Send Jet To Bring 1.2 Million N95 Masks From China

The New England Patriots‘ team plane was used to transport 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China, to the United…

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Will Not Leave Quarantine For UFC 249

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Will Not Leave Quarantine For UFC 249

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov made an announcement Wednesday that he will not leave quarantine in Russia to fight in…

Cowboys Sign Pass Rusher Aldon Smith To A 1-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign Pass Rusher Aldon Smith To A 1-Year Deal

The former prolific pass rusher, Aldon Smith, whose off-the-field issues sidelined him the last four seasons agreed Wednesday to a…

Wimbledon Canceled Due To Britain’s Coronavirus Lockdown

Wimbledon Canceled Due To Britain’s Coronavirus Lockdown

The All England Club has canceled the Wimbledon Championships due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision came Wednesday when…