Willett details struggles since winning Masters
Life has been a struggle for Danny Willett ever since he won that eventful 2016 US Masters…and the Englishman is the first to admit it.
Donning that famous Green Jacket more than 18 months ago certainly took a toll on Willett, who has been unable to win since then and has endured everything from swing changes to a new coach to back problems, you name it.
Danny Willett waves to the crowd after being crowned the 2016 Masters champion (Credit: Getty Images)
A player who has always shown his emotions on and off the course, Willett let the world see even more of that side of his character when he talked about his problems in a revealing player ‘blog’ on the European Tour website.
“What’s funny is that we, as golfers, spend so much time practicing for those moments, working on our swings, those chip shots, pressure putts, how to deal with being in contention mentally but no one ever really prepares you for what happens next, after you achieve greatness like that [Masters win],” wrote Willett.
“Ultimately I’ll be able to look back on that day and be thankful for all that it has given me. But it’s not always easier dealing with the aftermath.”
“After the Masters, every time I went to the range, every time I was on a putting green or in a practice round, there were cameras on you and everything’s being filmed and recorded.”
“That magnifies everything to the nth degree.”
“People that know me, know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and if I’m having a bad day on the course, I’ll show it and if I’m playing well and everything’s great in the world, you can tell. That’s just who I am.”
“When the spotlight was on me constantly, I felt I had to dull that side of me down a little.”
“It’s much harder to show some of that emotion, good or bad, when everyone’s eyes are on you.”
Willett explained that despite the lack of results he had been working his tail off to get himself back into contention.
“They don’t know that I’ll get up at 5am to get some practice in or hit the gym before my son wakes up at 6.30 and I need to help my wife with him.”
“They don’t know that I’m still working my nuts off in the gym and on the range only to go out and shoot a 75,” he said.
“I know I’ve achieved something that 99 per cent of players will never get to experience…but there is still a lot I want to do.”