Masters champ Danny Willett joins PGA Tour full-time

(Crail, Scotland) Newly-crowned Masters champion Danny Willett has brought forward his decision and has now joined the PGA Tour.

Willett becomes the PGA Tour’s newest member following his Masters victory.

Danny Willett Danny Willett waves to the crowd after being crowned the 2016 Masters champion (Credit: Getty Images)

The 28-year-old had become eligible for ‘Special Temporary Membership’ status on the back of his T3 place results in the WGC – HSBC Champions and last month’s WGC – Cadillac Championship.

And he indicated earlier this season he would wait to the commencement of the 2016/17 wraparound season before taking the plunge full-time onto the PGA Tour.

However, in winning the Masters Willett earned a five-year PGA Tour exemption that runs through the 2020-21 season along with 600 FedExCup points from his win in Augusta.

Willett’s non-member FedExCup points (44) from a start at the Valspar Championship earlier this year also become retroactive and his total of 644 FedExCup points moves him to 27th in the standings entering the Valero Texas Open.

Willett does not receive retroactive FedExCup points for his three 2015-16 World Golf Championships starts, as per PGA TOUR Regulations.

If Willett is inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings after the Wyndham Championship, he will be eligible to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs.

On the 2015-16 season, Willett has three top-10 finishes with five made cuts in five starts. He is currently No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking.