Danny Willett: ‘I don’t want to be golfing’

Danny Willett

• Struggling Danny Willett admits he doesn’t want to be golfing
• The Englishman finished T68 at the Turkish Airlines Open
• Didn’t make any inroads on Henrik Stenson’s Race to Dubai lead


Danny Willett has enjoyed a memorable 2016 in capturing his first major – but it sure isn’t ending in the same fashion.

The 29-year-old, who won The Masters in April, finished some 22 shots behind Turkish Airlines Open winner Thorbjorn Olesen, with only seven players – including three Turkish amateurs – finishing below him in the leaderboard.

“I don’t really want to be out there playing golf” – Danny Willett

It meant the Englishman – who cashed €9,223 – barely made any inroads on Henrik Stenson’s Race to Dubai lead and, in the midst of some swing changes with coach Pete Cowen, he admitted that he’s seriously struggling at the moment.

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“It just comes and goes, couple of good days and couple of bad days.” Danny Willett told Alex Miceli of his problems. “To be honest I don’t really want to be out there playing golf.

“It couldn’t happen at a worse time. Things are just not going our way, nothing feels that great.”

“Things are just not going our way” – Danny Willett

In his 14 events since triumphing at Augusta National back in April, Willett has managed just two top tens – third at the BMW PGA Championship and runner-up at the Italian Open – and disappointed on his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine, failing to score in his three matches.

Willett had also contemplated skipping this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge to try and iron out the problems with his game and also took to Twitter after his final round 75 in Antalya to say golf was ‘kicking him in the nuts’ at present.

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And he received some backing from Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia.

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How long do you think it’ll be before Willett hits top form again? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Russell Knox

    November 7, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Typical! a golfer who does really well, even secures a Major then says he needs to change his swing???

    what could possibly go wrong……………oops, too late!

  2. John oglesby

    November 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Stop tinkering with your swing and the rest of your game. It won you the masters, the game is littered with players who have slipped down World rankings after tinkering, never to get back to how they were.

  3. Richard Petherick

    November 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I would love to play Augusta let alone win the Masters! Be thankful you had the talent to win a Major & set yourself up for life. At 55 I’m still trying to work out when I might be able to retire. Seems a very high % of Major winners disappear from the top 10 finishes for 18 to 24 months & then work out that the swing that won the Major is good enough to win another. Keep working hard Danny at reproducing what you were really good at & don’t bemoan fate – you did something Sergio, Lee W & Colin M would love to have done!

  4. Chris Traquair

    November 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Oh boo-hoo, my heart is breaking here. You don’t want to be out playing a game for millions of dollars? I’ll swap you, see how you like doing my job you spoilt, entitled little twonk. Flukes a major then disappears, only to pop up after his equally detestable brother makes a clown of himself. I hope the two of them disappear from golf forever.

  5. Lance thornton

    November 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Danny willett won’t return because his thinking has changed. If nothing changes why change his golf swing . Was he ready to win the masters ? My guess is he won’t ever reach the top 10 in golf again . Sorry.

  6. John Irvine

    November 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Try doing a real job for a week, you’ll soon find out what a kick in the nuts feels like.

  7. John Stevenson

    November 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Danny, there’s a lot of people struggling to even get through this life. So just get out there and stop winging. Your a northern lad, show the grit, get on with it. Have enjoyed watching you play, you will be back.

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