Danny Willett Wins DP World Tour Championship
Sheffield’s Danny Willett ended more than two years without victory when winning the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The 31-year-old Willett had struggled for form since winning the US Masters in 2016, but he bounced back in style in the final event of the 2018 season.
Willett carded a final round 68 with the four-under score taking him to -18 for the week. It was enough to earn him a two-shot victory over fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and American Patrick Reed, this year’s US Masters champion. Reed had shared the lead with Willett heading into the final round.
The victory wasn’t without drama for Willett, however, as he flirted with danger on the final hole when holding a two-shot lead.
Willett’s tee shot came to a halt on the edge of the stream that wanders throughout the 18th hole at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. He was able to play his second shot and walked off with a par.
“I'm massively proud of myself,” Willett said in his television interview with Sky Sports immediately after the victory. It's been a lot of hard work. It's been tough [the past two years].
"You never quite know when a win is around the corner. With everything that's happened you're never sure if another win is going to come. It's been a hell of a lot of work. It's just nice to be back.”
Willett reached a career high of ninth in the world after his Masters victory two years ago, but his loss of form saw him slip to outside of the top 450 players in the world to a low of 462. He is now back up to 90 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The Race to Dubai, the season-ending European Tour title, was won by Francesco Molinari as he capped a memorable year which saw him win the Open Championship and star in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory.
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Danny Willett Wins DP World Tour Championship, 19th November 2018, 13:43 PM