Golf: Willett looks for another chance to shine, at Olympics

Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:01pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Masters champion Danny Willett said he was looking forward to the Rio Olympics next month and another chance to shine on the world golf stage.

Willett birdied his last two holes to close with a level 70 on the drenched Baltusrol layout at the PGA Championship on Sunday, but finished on five-over 285, hurt by a third-round 74 for another 2016 major disappointment since his Augusta triumph.

"It's a little disappointing, obviously," Willett told reporters after leaving the scoring tent. "After a memorable opening it's not quite come down as we have hoped."

Willett tied for 37th at the U.S. Open at Oakmont and tied for 53rd at the British Open at Royal Troon after collecting his maiden major title.

The 28-year-old Englishman now looks ahead to some down time to recharge and then to play in golf's return to the Olympic stage after an absence of 112 years.

"Going down to Florida for a week, chill out for a few days and then off to Rio on Saturday or Sunday," Willett said.

"I think everyone going to Rio is looking forward to it. It's getting close now, a lot of guys heading down there already," he said.

"A lot of athletes are already in the villages. By the time we get there the place will be absolutely buzzing. I'm looking forward to watching the opening ceremony on TV because I won't be there yet. But watching on TV, you kind of get the scale of it."   Continued...

 
Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; Danny Willett measures a putt on the 14th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports