Irish Open: Danny Willett hardly disappointed to miss England's World Cup quarter-final

Danny Willett is in excellent form at the Irish Open
Danny Willett is in excellent form at the Irish Open
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Danny Willett is set to miss watching England's quest for a place in the World Cup semi-finals but he does not mind one bit.

His impressive opening two days at the Irish Open mean he will begin his third round at Ballyliffin at 1pm and will almost certainly miss the entirety of the Three Lions' clash with Sweden, which kicks off at 3pm.

But after two years of toil since winning The Masters, the Sheffield golfer is relishing a return to form and the opportunity to challenge for a considerable European Tour win.

"It will be all right," Willett said when asked about missing England's game.

"I'm sure they will do all right without me watching.

"We'll have to get the television crew to keep us updated."

Willett fired a two under par 70 on day two to build on his impressive opening round 68 and sit on -6, two shots off leading trio Ryan Fox, Matthieu Pavon and Erik van Rooyen heading into the weekend.

The 30-year-old finished eighth at the Italian Open last month. Prior to that he had made only nine of 27 cuts as he struggled for form and fitness, seeing him drop from a career-high ninth in the world to 442nd.

Willett has put in plenty of work on the course, the range and in the physio room to attempt to rediscover the sort of form that made him one of Europe's top performers and, ultimately, a Major winner.

And he admits it is a considerable boost to see the work paying off in a tournament.

He said: "Results are what they are.

"I was more happy with the shots that we hit, the areas you put it in when we try to hit certain shots, and the game over the last two days, it's very pleasing to see.

"It's always nice to then sign for a decent score, as well."