What's In The Bag - Danny Willett
Danny Willett became the first man in 17 years to win a European Tour event on his birthday when he triumphed in Scotland.
His title is largely responsible for four excellent rounds in the sixties - 67 (Carnoustie), 69 (Kingsbarns), 66 and 68 (St. Andrews) - at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The victory has moved the Englishman back into the top 100 and his cash prize of €676,338 has taken his career earnings past €17m.
Willett has won a splendid array of tournaments - including one major - which has made him one of the finest golfers that England has ever produced.
Included in his impressive resume are: DP World Tour Championship, Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Omega European Masters, BMW PGA Championship and The Masters.
The Sheffield-born man had endured a frustrating season prior to his Alfred Dunhill win, having failed to breach the top ten on a single occasion on the European Tour this year.
However, his latest success earned Willett his eighth professional victory.
Without a single ounce of doubt, Willett’s career highlight took place on the most magical of stages.
Having trended well heading to Augusta in 2016, Willett was on the search for his maiden major championship.
Prior to this tournament, he did not have a glittering career in majors, with a T6 finish his highest at the 2015 Open Championship.
The Englishman opened with a two-under-par 70 to sit just inside the top ten, Jordan Spieth - defending champion - led the field with a faultless 66.
The following day proved problematic for almost everyone as Willett shot a two-over 74 and there were eight shots between Spieth’s first and second round - 66 and 74!
During the third round, scoring remained difficult but Willett’s round of even-par had propelled him to T5 and just three shots off leader Spieth - who had held the lead at the Masters for the seventh consecutive round.
That record would soon be shattered, as Willett finished with 67 on Sunday - the joint best of anyone in the top ten - as Spieth could only muster a 73.
Willett won his first major by three strokes over Spieth and Lee Westwood who had finished three shots behind.
What's In Danny Willett's Bag
Driver: Callaway Rogue (9°) MCA Kai'li 60 TX Shaft
Fairway: Callaway Rogue (15°) MCA Kai’li 70 TX Shaft
Utilities: Callaway X Forged UT (18°, 24°) PX Evenflow Shafts
Irons: Callaway X Forged CB Irons (5-9) – True Temper Dynamic Gold SL X 100 Shafts
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS (46°, 52°, 56°, 60°) True Temper Dynamic Golf SL X 100 Shafts
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Prototype
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS
2021 Seasonal Statistics
As aforementioned, 2021 had been a difficult year for Willett having dropped out of the world’s top 100 and failing to record a single top ten on the European Tour.
His victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will naturally soothe what has otherwise been a frustrating campaign.
Below are his seasonal statistics for the European Tour:
Driving Accuracy – 48.44% (159th)
Driving Distance (Yards) – 298.24 (93rd)
Greens in Regulation – 66.99% (97th)
Putters Per GiR – 1.78 (111th)
Average Putts Per Round – 29.21 (133rd)
Sand Saves – 51.85% (148th)
Stroke Average – 71.10 (136th)
Willett’s rank of 22nd in the Race to Dubai puts him in good stead to secure his place in the field for the tour’s finale.
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