Height: 5 ft 11 in
Born: October 3, 1987
Turned Pro: 2008
College: Jackson State University (Alabama)
Danny Willett is an English native who won the English Amateur tournament in 2007 and became the number one ranked amateur player in the world in 2008. This stretch of golf followed a successful college career across the pond at Alabama’s Jackson State University.
Willett returned to Europe in 2008 and, after a successful qualifying school effort, earned his tour card for the 2009 season. Willett had a successful rookie year on tour, playing steadily and finishing 58th on the money list.
Willett built on that momentum the next season. He held the first round lead at the 2010 BMW PGA Championship before fading to 5th. The performance was his best on tour to that point and pocketed him 190,000 Euros. He rose to 23rd on the money list.
Willett broke through for his first European Tour win in 2012 in Cologne. He defeated Marcus Fraser in a playoff to capture the BMW International Open. He won again in 2014 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Danny made his debut at Augusta National for the 2015 Masters Tournament. He made the cut, broke par three of the four days and finished in 38th place. Willet recorded his best finish in the United States at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championships. He captured third place and earned a special membership for the remainder of the 2015 PGA season.
Willett is helping develop the future of the game by sponsoring and lending his name to “Wee Willetts” – a program that helps develop young golfers between the ages of 5 and 12.
Off the course, Willett enjoys football (soccer), music and billiards.