Injury to hang over Willett for next year

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Danny Willett admits it could be another year before he is fully in control of his shoulder injury.

The Sheffield golfer has been forced to sit out tournaments due to the problem, which regularly flares up during rounds.

While he says the injury has eased, the 26-year-old says there is plenty of work still to be done.

“It’s settling down but it’s always there or there abouts,” Willett told the Telegraph. “We’re just coming out of the back end of it I think so it’s now about managing it.

“The main thing is about ensuring it doesn’t come back. You can use physios to treat it but you really don’t want to be lying on a bed for two hours a day getting it seen to.

“You try and play three weeks in row and I’ve gone from America to Ireland to Germany in that time, playing six rounds a week.

“It’s not good for anyone’s body, particularly 28 times a year for 30 years.

“Hopefully within the next year we get to the stage where I can manage it on my own. Then I think we can really push forward.

Willett sat out the French Open last weekend but is back in action today alongside fellow Sheffielder Matt Fitzpatrick in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

Fitzpatrick will be chasing one of the final three qualifying slots for next week’s Open while Willett qualified after his third place finish at the Irish Open last month.