Golf: Danny Willet’s caddie-turned-partner Jonathan Smart is the hero

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 09: Danny Willett of England congratulates playing partner Jonathan Smart as they win the team event during final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 9, 2016 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 09: Danny Willett of England congratulates playing partner Jonathan Smart as they win the team event during final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 9, 2016 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Danny Willett says his caddy Jonathan Smart put professionals to shame with his putter as the pair triumphed in the team event at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

While also an individual tournament for pros, each golfer is paired with an amateur for the team event.

England  captain Jos Buttler walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed  (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

England captain Jos Buttler walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

Sheffield golfer Willett asked for permission to team with his caddy Smart, a former Yorkshire representative.

And it proved a wise choice as Smart performed superbly across all four days, particularly on the greens.

“I’ve never seen a display on the greens like it this week,” Willett said. “It was unbelievable. It was just ridiculous.

“It made everyone, all of us pros and everyone who played with him look bad on the greens, it was daft.

“But good job he’s my partner because it paid off. It was just a great week.”

Willett underperformed in Scotland after his struggles at the Ryder Cup the previous weekend.

He failed to make the cut for Sunday’s final round at St Andrews, following days at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and on the Old Course itself, finishing six over par after three days.

But with Smart at his side, he enjoyed much better fortunes in the better ball team event.

The Sheffield pair finished a mammoth -38, taking the title by a single shot from Poland’s Adrian Meronk and Johan Eliasch, chairman of sports brand Head, after carding a 12 under par final round, their best of a very good week.

Smart was understandably delighted.

He said: “It’s Just very surreal. Very, very surreal.

“I’ve witnessed it from the other side, and I could not believe how nervous I was coming down those last few holes.

“And to win an event with Dan, at St Andrews, has just been unreal.”

The event drew famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment including actors Hugh Grant and Jamie Dornan, who finished in a tie for fourth with individual champion Tyrell Hatton.

Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick played alongside football legend Luis Figo but the pair failed to make the final round.

Fitzpatrick also struggled in the individual tournament, finishing three over par after three days despite carding a 69 on Saturday.

The 22-year-old will this week concentrate on the defence of his British Masters title at The Grove in Hertfordshire.

Willett will also be in action, with Smart back on the bag.