Danny Willett struggling with game
With a Green Jacket hanging in the closet, the 2016 season for Danny Willett will be full of happy memories.
Memories of a final round, 67 and his first major championship victory just week after his wife Nicole gave birth to the Willett’s first child, son Zachariah.
Fast forward seven months and Willett seems to be in the proverbial no man’s land with only two top 10s since the Sunday in Augusta - 3rd at the BMW PGA Championship and 2nd Italian Open – Willet has generally struggled with his game.
The struggle may be more palatable to the 29-year-old knowing he is in the middle of a substantive swing change with coach Peter Cowen, who is maybe the best swing coach on the planet.
Yet, when he walked off the course at the Turkish Airlines Open after a final round 75 and a T68, the Green Jacket performance seemed very far away.
“It just comes and goes, couple of good days and couple of bad days.” Willett said of his inconsistent swing. “To be honest I don’t really want to be out there playing golf.”
Many times when in the middle of a swing change the player can find it on the range, but have a hard time trusting it on the golf course.
In this case, Willett is unable to find it completely on the range as well and said he seriously was contemplating going home and missing the Nedbank Challenge, the second leg of The Final Series, a series that he is currently in second position.
“It couldn’t happen at a worse time,” Willett said of his swing issues. “Things are just not going our way, nothing feels that great.
Willett believes he needs more work on the range to get the swing where he needs it, which is one reason why a return home may make sense, but Willett hadn’t withdrawal from Nedbank and will likely have another week of competition to find a game that as he leaves Turkey seems to be elusive at this point.