Sheffield’s Danny Willett makes strong start in bid to win the Race to Dubai

Danny Willett has made an impressive start in the Turkish Airlines open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa resort shooting a two under par 32 in his opening nine holes.

Having struggled in his previous two tournaments, Willett opened with three pars before birdying the par four fourth.

He then went on to birdie the par five seventh, before dropping a shot at the eighth hole having missed the green with his tee shot and failing to get up and down from just off the green.

However, Willett bounced back with a birdie on his ninth hole and will look to build on this momentum as he heads into the back nine this afternnon.

Five under par currently leads the tournament with George Coetzee, Jorge Campillo and David Horsey all tied for the lead.

Willett tweeted during the tournament that he was ‘working hard to get better’ in relation to his performance at the Turkish Airlines Open.


Willett who currently lies second just under 300 points behind Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson is hoping to leapfrog the Swede and extend his lead over world number two golfer Rory McIlroy who are both absent from this week’s competition.

McIlroy pulled out of the tournament following security concerns after a recent rocket attack took place in the Antalya region which hosts the event.

Having finished fourth in the Race to Dubai last year Willett is hoping to go one better to cap what has been a truly remarkable season for the Sheffield born golfer.

Willett who won his first major championship at The Masters in April this year, also represented team Europe as one of six rookies in the Ryder Cup just over a month ago.

A finish of fifth-place or better would see Willett return to the top of the rankings heading into the penultimate tournament of the season at the Nedbank Golf challenge in South Africa next week.


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