Danny Willett says it's time to Master new tournaments
DANNY WILLETT believes it is time to put his Masters triumph out of his mind and focus on making further additions to his trophy cabinet.
Willett has endured a mixed campaign since claiming his first major title in April, missing the cut in three of his seven events and recording a sole top-20 finish in the BMW PGA Championship after sharing the halfway lead. The 28-year-old also snapped the putter he used to win the Masters in frustration during the US Open and could only finish 53rd in the Open at Royal Troon, 27 shots behind the winner Henrik Stenson.
Victory at Augusta led to numerous off-course opportunities for the world number nine, who was invited to wear his green jacket in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and threw the ceremonial first pitch at a New York Yankees game on Sunday. But asked ahead of this week's US PGA Championship if the "Masters madness" was finally over, Willett said: "I would have thought so. It's a long time ago.
"There's been two majors since, two other major winners and this is now the last major of the year with a lot of guys trying to play well and have that final one, the guys who haven't had one this year. And the guys that have one, maybe trying to get two under the belt for the year.
"I think it's settled down a bit now and we are trying to get back down to work and knuckle down because we have got a very important second half of the season coming up. It's time to move on a little bit from what we did in April. It was fantastic and yeah, it's changed my life, but we need to get back to the kind of form that we took into that week and hopefully then move forward."
Willett is already guaranteed to make his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in September and will also contest the Olympics in Rio as golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904. But despite planning to learn what he can from the other British athletes in Brazil, he has no plans to switch sports after his successful baseball debut at the weekend.
"No, I'm not going to do a Jordan on you," Willett joked in reference to basketball star Michael Jordan attempting to become a professional baseball player.
"It was a great day. It was an honour to be asked to go and it's an awesome place. To be able to go out there in front of quite a few thousand people and not mess up too bad was pretty good. We didn't throw it five yards in front of us. We didn't hit somebody in the first row, so I think we did all right."