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Willett Delighted With Turkey Opening

Willett Delighted With Turkey Opening

Danny Willett says there are “promising signs” after his strong start to the Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday. Willett, who caused a huge shock when winning the 2016 Masters at Augusta National, has struggled for form and fitness over the past season and he has slipped to world number 322 as a result.

The Englishman has not tasted success since his Georgia triumph but he has started to rediscover some of his better form over the last couple of months, with two top-10 finishes at the Italian Open and Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

He came into this week’s event in Antalya off the back of a tie for 23rd at The CJ Cup and the 31-year-old managed to keep the momentum going as he signed for a four-under-par 67, leaving him three shots off leader Paul Dunne.

Willett is delighted to be back in contention and playing pain-free after being hampered by injuries earlier in the campaign.

“Everything’s been really positive. The putter’s struggled the last three or four months. Missed a lot of short ones, the last couple of months, especially,” he told the European Tour website.

“That’s an area where we are looking into now and you can make a hell of a lot of gains inside eight, ten feet if you’re holing it well.

“The long game and the body are in a really good place which is nice. The end of the season is always a tricky one, guys pick up injuries. You’ve played 20-odd times around the world travelling and we are actually body-wise better than what we have ever been, which is nice, and the golf is coming on well.

“All promising signs, really, to try and kick on.”

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