Danny Willett is hoping inspiration rubs off on him after a chance meeting with popular Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this week.
The Sheffield golfer is in Germany this weekend for the BMW International Open – the first tournament he won on the European Tour back in 2012.
As Masters champion, Willett is golfing royalty and arrived in Germany on a private jet which produced a chance meeting with Klopp, boss of his beloved Liverpool.
“That was nice,” he said. “We landed at the airport and Jurgen was about to fly out on holiday with his family after a fairly busy season.
“It was just great to meet him. I’ve been to Anfield a couple of times this season so it was pretty cool to meet him.
“We didn’t talks much about golf to be honest. It was mostly football.
“He’s a pretty inspirational character and is obviously hugely popular here in Germany.”
Willett returns to Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, where his upward curve of success truly began four years ago.
Since then the 28-year-old has won a further four tournaments, culminating with his first Major title at the Masters in April.
He said: “It’s nice to be back here.
“There are some lovely memories from that week.
“It was just more confirmation that I could compete out here and win.
“There are so many great players at the start of every week that it is very difficult to win and you never really know that you can do it until you get it over the line.
“So that win gave me a lot of belief and confidence and proved to me that I could win at a pretty high level.
“Any time you can be up there and in contention then your confidence grows.”
Willett tees off at 12.20pm today, looking to put a frustrating weekend at the US Open behind him.
He has been top Swede Henrik Stenson and Germany’s Maximillian Kieffer for the first two rounds.