Danny Willett
Danny Willett
33-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Willett's golf life after his surprise Masters victory three years ago was an unmitigated disaster and the golfing world was left to wonder if he'd ever find his game again. After two years of miserable play, Willett actually found his way back last season. He's still got a lot of work to do to get back to the heights of a major champion, but there are plenty of signs that point to a continued resurgence. Willett is worth a look in salary cap leagues, but his upside still seems a bit limited at this point. Read Past Outlooks
Returning in Detroit
June 28, 2021
Willett, who underwent surgery to address appendicitis and a hernia earlier this month, is listed in the field for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Willett has fallen outside the top-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking during his absence throughout the month of June, but he's slated to make his first start since a T26 at the Memorial Tournament this week. Willett tied for fourth in his Detroit Golf Club debut last year with a 72-hole total of 16-under-par.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Willett did not play frequently enough on Tour last year to retain his card, so he will only be eligible for certain tournaments despite winning the Masters in 2016. That is the last tournament the Englishman has won, as he has been beset by back woes and what appears to be a Masters hangover. Willett was 224th in points across 11 events, making the cut only five times with two WDs and zero top-25s. He'll still be in all the majors, the only guy on this list who can say that. But by having fallen from 11th in the OWGR at the beginning of 2017 to outside the top-60 now, he'll have to play his way into WGCs. Keep an eye out. There are still a bunch of European Tour events left this season. One good finish at some fall season event worldwide could vault him into the top-50 OWGR. For instance, last season, Willett had two top-6s in Asia late in 2016 before his game completely fell apart.
Willett's season was basically one outstanding performance at the Masters and a whole lot of nothing after that. It's certainly understandable if Willett lost focus after his life-changing win at Augusta, but the true test will come this season as expectations are raised and excuses are thrown-out the door. Willett's win at Augusta was a surprise, but it's not like he was a complete unknown at the time. He was a good player before that win and he's still a quality golfer, but it's not unprecedented for a golfer to win a major and never look the same after that. Will that be the fate of Willett? With so many questions entering this season, he's not worth the risk in salary cap formats. In drafts he should go in the fifth or sixth round.
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Recovering from appendicitis
June 8, 2021
Willett revealed Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he underwent surgery to address appendicitis.
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Out of Palmetto Championship
June 7, 2021
Willett (undisclosed) has withdrawn from this week's Palmetto Championship, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Pairs with Hatton to record top-10
April 26, 2021
Willett and Tyrrell Hatton closed with a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Zurich Classic to finish tied for eighth place.
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T18 at Harbour Town
April 19, 2021
Willett fired a two-under 69 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish nine-under and tied for 18th.
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Top-10 at Corales Championship
March 29, 2021
Willett closed with a one-over 73 on Sunday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship to finish eight-under and alone in eighth place.
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