Caddy: It was Smart to walk in Danny Willett’s shoes for a week

Danny Willett hugs caddy Jonathan Smart after the pair won the team event at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Danny Willett hugs caddy Jonathan Smart after the pair won the team event at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
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Danny Willett’s caddy Jonathan Smart admitted it was useful to see the other side of the game as he won the team event at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship alongside the golfer he usually carries the bag for.

The Sheffield pair triumphed by a single shot at St Andrews with former Yorkshire representative Smart holing the winning putt from four feet.

While typically used to helping line up shots for Willett, Smart said facing the pressure of holing a putt himself was a new experience.

“On the 18th, my hand was physically shaking trying to line the ball up,” he said. “When you’re telling someone what to do, it’s a lot simpler than having to do it yourself.

“It was fantastic and a completely different side of things that now I’ll appreciate what Dan’s got to go through a little bit more.

“Granted, mine wasn’t on as big a scale but I was just as nervous I’m sure.”

Smart will return to caddy duty on Thursday when Willett begins his campaign in the British Masters at The Grove.

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Willett was pleased with the team title on what had been a difficult week for him in the individual event.

He said: “It was a tough week and I didn’t play great golf.

“Luckily I chipped a few bits in every now and again and Johnny was unbelievably good all week.

“I don’t think we quite expected to pitch up first time and win.

“He’ll be getting a few less shots the next time we play each other.

“It’s great for him to see the other side of it. He holed a four-footer on the last and said he was nervous.

“It’s good, you get a different taste of it.”