Discover Golf : April 2016
1. Family The 28-year-old was born in Sheffield, England. He is the third of four sons. Danny’s father, the Reverend Steve Willett was a Church of England vicar. His mother, Elisabet, a maths teacher. Danny married Nicole Harris in 2013. Their first child, Zachariah was born on March 29, 2016. Danny was prepared to miss The Masters in the event Nicole hadn’t given birth to Zachariah in time. 2. Humble Beginings Danny was introduced to golf by his older brothers. He would practise his golf in a sheep pasture at a par 3 course in Anglesey. Danny is a member of Lindrick Golf Club, South Yorkshire. 3. Schooled in the US Danny left England aged 16 to attend university in America. He played two seasons for Jacksonville State University. He was the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and won medalist honours in 2007. 4. World No. 1 Amateur Danny enjoyed a stellar amateur career. In 2008, the Yorkshire boy climbed to the top of the amateur game after a string of wins including the 2007 English Amateur Championship and the 2008 Australian Amateur Stroke Play Championship. He played the Walker Cup in 2007. 5. Rapid Rise on Tour Just 12 months ago, Danny Willett was 102nd in the world rankings. He moved to No. 9 after his Masters win. He collected his first title at the 2012 BMW International Open. He has claimed five European Tour titles including three victories since July 2015. 14 discovergolf.com.au tour ABOUT Who is Danny Willett? He’s the latest twenty-something to claim golf stardom. He joined the PGA Tour following his Masters victory. With a five- year Tour exemption, we’re sure to learn a lot about the quiet achiever in the years to come. But, if you don’t already know Danny Willett, here’s five tidbits to help you become acquainted.