Breaking News – Danny Willett’s ‘utterly ridiculous’ period since Masters

Former Masters champion Danny Willett admits he has endured an ‘utterly ridiculous’ period since his victory at Augusta and, at times, ‘just didn’t want to play golf’.The Sheffield-born golfer picked up his first major title when he pipped Jordan Spieth to the Green Jacket in April 2016.Since then, however, Willett has endured a terrible run of form and injuries that have seen him lose his PGA Tour card and become the first reigning Masters champion since 2004 to miss the cut at Augusta.The 30-year-old is currently ranked No 66 in the world and in a revealing online blog, he lifted the lid on his struggles in recent months.’There’s been quite a few low points over the last few months. At the end of 2016 I was in contention in the Race to Dubai and I just didn’t want to play golf. Think about that. It’s utterly ridiculous,’ he wrote on the European Tour website.’I had entered the HSBC Champions in China, Turkey, Nedbank and Dubai – four of the biggest tournaments of the year – and I didn’t want to play. I just didn’t feel good enough to compete.’Willett admitted earlier this year that he would consider surgery to deal with ongoing back problems that forced him to withdraw from a number of tournaments.Now the 30-year-old has revealed how the extent to which the injuries affected his game and left him feeling ‘knackered’.’When I swing good, I feel good. Both mentally and physically. It’s not breaking news that I’ve had back issues. The truth is that when I was swinging badly, I was putting strain on my back and it became an issue,’ he said.’I had to pull out of a couple of events and it became a problem. It was annoying as working out didn’t hurt it, drills didn’t hurt it but firing into the ball at full speed and just being a little off could cause a lot of pain.’It ended up taking over my game as I’d be taking painkillers in the morning after waking up in pain, getting an hour of physio before each round, playing the round with a swing that hurt, then needing an hour of physio after the round. I was just knackered.’

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