Golf: Danny Willett laughs off ‘tripping’ incident

England's Danny Willett on the 6th during day five of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 20, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only - no commercial use. No onward sale. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (www.TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
England's Danny Willett on the 6th during day five of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 20, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only - no commercial use. No onward sale. Still image use only. The Open Championship logo and clear link to The Open website (www.TheOpen.com) to be included on website publishing. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
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Sheffield’s Danny Willett laughed off an incident involving playing partner and eventual winner Zach Johnson as he almost tripped over the American’s club during The Open.

Johnson was bending down to pick up his tee after driving at the 14th and leant on his club, but that gave way and caught Willett on the leg as he walked past.

Words appeared to be exchanged between the pair but Willett said there was no issue.

He said: “He was picking his tee peg up and he slipped when I walked past him.

“We were just laughing. He said sorry.”

Willett now feels he belongs in elite company after wrapping up his Championship challenge with a final-round 70.

The South Yorkshireman was unable to make a concerted push for the title itself but his two-under-par round took him to 11 under overall and ended a highly satisfactory tournament.

The 27-year-old world number 39 was among the contenders throughout at St Andrews and was just a stroke off the lead at the halfway stage.

Johnson claimed his second major title with victory in a three-man play-off on a thrilling final day.

The 2007 Masters winner finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes.