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10 things you need to know about 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett


Danny Willett made history this past Sunday when he produced a wonderful final-round 67 to become only the second Englishman to win the US Masters.

Willett’s victory was the fourth time an English player has won The Masters – the only other being Nick Faldo in 1989, 1990 and 1996. So history certainly wasn’t on his side.

However, Willett overcame all the odds to take the Green Jacket, but how much do we really know about the man?

Here are 10 facts about Danny Willett you may not have known…


1: Willett left school at the age of sixteen despite his father being a vicar and his mother working as a math teacher at a comprehensive school in Barnsley, England.


2: When Willett showed he had the potential to become a great player, he was enrolled at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.


3: In 2008 he reached the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while also appearing on a popular golf magazine that same year.


4: His son was born on March 29, but his original due date was scheduled for April 10 – the same day as his wife Nicole’s birthday.


5: Willett has moved up to 9th in the Official World Golf Rankings. This time last year he was ranked outside the top 100 players.


6: Willett is now leading the European and World Points Lists, which should make him a shoe-in to be part of Darren Clarke’s 2016 Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine.


7: Until this past Sunday, Willett’s best finish at a major was T6th in the 2015 Open at St Andrews.


8: Willett has won five times on the European Tour, with his other victories coming at the 2012 BMW International Open, the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge, the 2015 Omega European Masters and the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic.


9: Willett was just eight years old the last time a British golfer – Faldo – won The Masters.


10: It was his two older brothers who introduced Willett to golf.



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