Sheffield and Rotherham ace set to build on ‘steady start’

Danny Willett
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Top South Yorkshire golfer Danny Willett is in South Africa to rejoin the European Tour.

The Tshwane Open is the main focus for the increasingly busy sportsman.

“I’ve made a steady start to 2014,” said the 26 year-old, who currently stands 59th after banking over 100,000 euros.

“I’ve finished in the top 20 in all five events I’ve played this year and it’s just a case of plodding on and see if I can have a good year,” he said.

As well as being in the money again, Rotherham-based Willett has also helped raise funds for several charities.

He sky-dived out of a plane during his time in Dubai last month, where he competed in the 25th Omega Desert Classic, finishing joint 13th.

“It was something a bit different. It made the golf feel pretty easy by comparison to be honest,” he recalled on a visit to the Doncaster Driving Range last week, where he officially opened the facility’s new state-of-the-art simulator.

Willett spent time at the Grange Park club and other courses during his time back in the county, and was glad of the opportunity to try out the simulator, where he took on locals for charity, given the cold weather.

”I’ve played some of the courses on the simulator and they are very realistic,” he said. “It’s something that a pro could use to practice. It’s the best I’ve seen and a club pro can also use it tell people what they are doing wrong and what they are doing right. In fact, you can probably have a better lesson in here than on a windy day outside.

“More than anything for most people though, is the fact that it’s a bit of fun.

“If the weather is bad, people can come here and play a few holes either by themselves or with a few mates.”

Following his time in South Africa, Willett will be in action in Morocco and Malaysia before competing on European soil for the first time this year at an event in Spain in early April. Having tied for 15th place last year, Willett is disappointed at having to qualify for the Open Championship at Hoylake in July, but is hopeful of being involved.