Danny Willett
32-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
Struggles with final round 82
July 19, 2020
Willett recorded a 10-over 82 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to finish tied for 32nd place.
Willett had a disastrous final round Sunday with just one birdie, five bogeys and three double bogeys. He lost over three shots to field in SG: Approach and SG: Around-the-green during his final round. After seeing his Official World Golf Ranking fall outside the top-400 in 2018, Willett has rebounded and is now back inside the top-40.
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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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Surges with Sunday 66
July 5, 2020
Willett jumped into a share of fourth place after firing a six-under 66 in the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
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Adds another MC
June 29, 2020
Willett carded a two-day total of one-under-par at the Travelers Championship to miss the cut by three shots.
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Continues climb back in OWGR
April 2, 2020
Willett currently ranks 33rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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Wins against loaded Euro Tour field
September 23, 2019
Willett fired a five-under 67 on Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship to win the event by three strokes over Jon Rahm at 20-under-par overall.
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T6 at Royal Portrush
July 21, 2019
Willett closed with a two-over 73 in the final round of the Open Championship and finished in a tie for sixth place.
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