Golf fans might have been surprised when they tuned into the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco and saw Danny Willett playing in the consolation bracket against veteran Jim Furyk on Sunday.
Willett went on to win the match 3 and 2 to earn third place in the prestigious event. However, few know this Englishman.
So who is Danny Willett?
Willett today, is 27. He was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. As an amateur Willett was victorious at the 2007 English Amateur Championship and took part in the Walker Cup in 2007 at Royal County Down. He was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world in March of 2008.
Collegiately, he starred for two seasons at Jacksonville State and was named the Freshman of the Year in 2006 for the Ohio Valley Conference. He was named to the All-OVC team and the OVC All-Tournament team both years at Jacksonville State.
Willett turned professional in 2008 at the age of 20. He currently is a member of the European Tour and in his career in Europe has two tour wins. He also won one event on the Sunshine Tour. Willett is currently ranked No. 37 in the world.
Willett was little known on this side of the pond before his play in match play at Harding Park. PGA Tour golf fans might get to know him better as he earned a provisional card on the PGA Tour and could be playing more time in the U.S. He has played in all of the four majors during his career thanks to his fine play in Europe. His best finish in the majors was in the 2013 Open Championship when the finished T-15. In this year’s Masters, Willett finished T-38.
This season on the European Tour, Willett, prior to his fine play at the Masters and the WGC Cadillac Match Play, won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December of 2014 and finished 4th, 57th and 13 in three other tournaments.
Willett said he is trying to earning money on the PGA Tour to become a full time member of the Tour. He added that he has nearly covered that so it takes some pressure off him.
Last week, Willett did not fare well at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Willett shot a 72 and 74 in rounds one and two and missed the cut.
Remember though, he’s young and has promise. After all, look at his world ranking.
Take a look at this video of Willett going through his golf bag: