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Danny Willett

danny willett

Danny Willett

Born: 4 May 1989

Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland

Resides: Florida, USA


Major Wins: 4

Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 22

Other Wins: 0

Grass Preference: Burmuda

Significant Life Events: No

GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐

GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

BIO

Danny won the 2016 Masters but has failed to reach the same heights since. Victory at Augusta lifted him to number 9 in the world rankings but he slipped to 462 before wining again at the 2018 DP World Tour Championship. He again struggled for the most part in 2019, but did manage to win the BMW Championship, superbly, defeating Jon Rahm in a Sunday showdown.

Danny now plays a mixture of PGA Tour and European Tour events and is still waiting for a first regular Tour win in America. He has won all over the world, twice in Dubai, twice in Europe, once in the UK and once in South Africa.

Danny is now completely injury free for the first time since 2016 and it may not be too long before he regains some consistency. He is one to trust in contention and it's notable that his previous two wins are also the last two times he has had a chance of winning on a Sunday.

Significant info

Danny's Masters win was days after the birth of his first child. Keep an eye out for more babies to spark him into form!

2020 STATS

105th

SG: OFF THE TEE

Stat downarrow83rd 2019

156th

SG: APPROACH

Stat downarrow53rd 2019

152nd

SG: AROUND THE GREEN

Stat downarrow48th 2019

54th

SG: PUTTING

Stat up arrow127th 2019

Pressure Performance Analysis

September 2019
He began the final round of the BMW Championship tied for the lead with Jon Rahm and shot a 67 to beat the Spaniard by 3 shots. A convincing performance.

November 2018
Began the final round of DP World Tour Championship, Dubai tied for the lead with Patrick Reed and shot 68 to beat the American by 2 shots.

April 2017
Took a 3 shot lead into the final round of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia. He was the only player in the top 29 positions to shoot over par and finished tied fifth, four strokes behind eventual winner Fabrizio Zanotti.

Summary
Danny has not been in contention much in recent years but his last two efforts have been highly commendable against top opposition and it can be assumed he is now one to be trusted in contention. He has proved he can front run and come from off the pace and has a GBC 5 star Pressure Performance Rating.

Trends

Favourite Tournament
Danny has a terrific record in Dubai, with two wins. He also boasts a strong record at Wentworth at the BMW Championship.

Unpredictable
Both of Danny's most recent wins have come after mediocre performances the week before - 50th and a MC.

Major and WGC Analysis

Major's
Danny took advantage of Jordan Spieth's collapse in 2016 to win the Masters but has missed his next 3 cuts at Augusta. 25th in 2020 shoed improvement.

Missed the cut at PGA and US Open in 2020. The Open appears to be his most consistent Major, with 6th place finishes in 2015 and 2019.

WGC's 
In his prime, Danny recorded three 3rd places at WGC's between 2015-2016, but has been unable to record a top 10 finish in his next 10+ attempts.

Playoff Record

1-0.

Danny won the BMW International Open with a par on the 4th extra hole against Marcus Fraser.

Significant Quotes

August 2020
"I did a lot of work during lockdown on certain moves and they looked pretty but weren’t quite producing the shots that you need to actually play the game,” Willett added.

"It just took a couple of weeks to iron out a few bits and the last couple of tournaments have been quite nice. The body has been as good as it ever has been, that was one of the main things I took from lockdown. I really made sure I worked on the strength and fitness components of what I’m trying to do.

"At 32, I’m probably in the best shape I’ve been in, no injuries no niggles, and everything has been good."