The Open: Challenge ends for Danny Willett but top ten finish beckons

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Danny Willett pushed but failed to mount a strong enough charge as his challenge wilted on the final day at The Open at St Andrews.

The Sheffield golfer produced a stunning run of four consecutive birdies on the back nine to charge up the leaderboard.

But a patchy finish saw his push for the Claret Jug end as the leading contenders continued to make birdies.

Finishing on -11 for the championship guaranteed the 27-year-old at least a tied for eighth finish but that could improve depending on how the final few groups fare.

Willett got off to a great start with a birdie on the first but could not claw any further shots back on the front nine.

Two bogeys followed, looking to end his challenge until birdies on 11 through 14 brought him back into contention.

Three pars and a bogey followed on the final four holes to see him finish -2 for the day.

While there will be some disappointment over his final two rounds, there is no doubting the overall quality of Willett’s performance at St Andrews on a turbulent weekend.

Tied with Justin Rose, he has finished as both the top British and top European golfer in the event.