VIDEO: Danny Willett hoping for rub of the green at The Open

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Danny Willett is just waiting for things to go his way.

That is not to say the Sheffield golfer is unhappy with how things have gone for him recently.

Danny Willett

Danny Willett

Finishing no lower than 11th in his last three European Tour tournaments has added further weight to Willett’s declaration that this year is his most consistent as a professional.

But as he prepares to tee off at The Open this afternoon, the 26-year-old is finally hoping to get the rub of the green.

“My game is there or there abouts to compete every week and that’s what it’s all about,” Willett told the Star.

“If you can be in the last few groups every week, eventually something is going to go your way, the other guys will mess up and you’ll come through.

Danny Willett

Danny Willett

“That’s what we’re waiting for and patience is one of the main things.”

Willett will tee off alongside Boo Weekley and Ashun Yu at 1.05pm this afternoon at Royal Liverpool, looking to build on last year’s tied 15th place finish at The Open.

He said: “I did well last year, finishing 15th.

“Again, a few things didn’t quite go my way and I could have really got it going on the Sunday.

“It’s one of those things. I put myself in a good position but I didn’t quite polish things off.

“If I can do that again and get in a good position, you never know.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“I played a practice round a few weeks ago and the course was in fantastic position. It was the first time I’d played at Hoylake and it was good to have a proper look.

“The grandstands were already up and the atmosphere was great even then. There will be massive crowds like the last time it was there.

“I just think it’ll be a great week.

“It’s always good to play in Majors and The Open is the Major for most British people. I’m just looking forward to being there again and competing.

“Hopefully I’ll be in a good position on Sunday.”

Despite his good recent form – including a third place finish in the Irish Open – Willett admits feeling frustrated at not being closer to securing a second tournament win as a professional.

A troublesome shoulder injury has played its part, though he refuses to use it as an excuse.

But he is pleased to be producing the most consistent play of his six-year professional career, for which he recently passed the €4million prize money mark.

He said: “I’ve not quite had the results we would have wanted at a few events. There’s been a couple of hiccups here and there.

“It’s definitely the most consistent I’ve had by a long way.

“The stroke average is as good as it’s ever been. All the stats are up and you can’t really argue with the stats.

“That gives you the indication of how you’re progressing.

“Technique-wise. I’ve improved along the way as I try to do every week.

“It’s just one of those things. I keep working hard and doing the right things and it’s just come into a nice little run of form where it’s coming together at last.”