Willett clinches Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for first win in two years


Oct 3 (Reuters) – Englishman Danny Willett celebrated his thirty fourth birthday together with his first win in additional than two years as he held off Joakim Lagergren and Tyrrell Hatton to assert a two-shot victory on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the St Andrews Old Course on Sunday.

Four birdies on the entrance 9 helped Willett to complete with a four-under 68 and 18-under for the match, two higher than Swede Lagergren and compatriot Hatton, each of whom pale in direction of the top as Willett made eight successive pars to seal victory.

Hatton, who led on the midway stage, birdied his final gap to finish with a five-under 67 for the spherical, whereas Lagergren fired 5 birdies on the entrance 9 en path to a six-under 66.

“It’s magical, on British soil with everyone here. It’s been a great week. It’s been a couple of years of average stuff again. I seem to do this a lot actually, go up and down,” mentioned an emotional Willett who is about to maneuver again into the highest 100 on the planet rankings.

“We’ve been working hard, people don’t see it behind the scenes. Obviously my wife does and other people do but it’s a good one.”

Hatton’s Ryder Cup group mate Shane Lowry, who was inside three pictures of Willett coming into the ultimate spherical, was one other whose kind let him down on the greens as he completed tied for fourth at 15 beneath.

Willett added: “I think it’s a good thing that the scoring was low. I had 20 in my head, if I got to 20 no-one could reach it, but both Richard (Bland) and Shane got off to a good start.”

“We were hitting a few average shots in and around the turn, and the back nine is brutal as everyone knows. That made you focus a little more because you can’t make mistakes.”

It has been a troublesome yr for former Masters champion Willett, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 in March and was rushed to hospital in June with appendicitis quickly after enjoying on the Memorial match.

The win on Sunday was his eighth title on the European Tour.

Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; enhancing by Clare Fallon

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