Masters victory may be just tip of iceberg for Willett

Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:40pm EDT
 
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By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Danny Willett was one of the last players to arrive in Augusta for the 80th Masters and he will certainly be the last to leave.

With his wife Nicole scheduled to give birth on Sunday, the Englishman was set to miss the Masters until Zacharia arrived early and freed the Englishman to make the trip to play at the year's first major.

After a stunning victory at Augusta National that surprised perhaps everybody except his inner-circle, Willett was set for a rip-roaring celebration on Sunday night as he tried to process his achievement, the first European to win here since 1999.

“You dream about these kind of days. It's kind of mind boggling,” Willett said in his thick Yorkshire accent.

“I’ve won a couple of golf tournaments but this is a different league.”

It has been quite a fortnight for the 28-year-old from the northern English city of Sheffield.

Willett was a doubtful starter at Augusta but the baby was delivered 12 days early, leaving the new father to get to work.

He planned to fly across the Atlantic on Tuesday, but manager Andrew “Chubby” Chandler talked him into coming on Monday, to have more than 48 hours to prepare.   Continued...

 
Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Danny Willett waves to the crowd after completing the 18th hole during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports