Flawless opening round for on-form Danny Willett

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett finished his opening round at the BMW International as clubhouse co-leader after a flawless 18 holes.

The Sheffield ace did not drop a single shot in his round as he finished on eight under par to take a share of the lead in Cologne, Germany.

“There was a score out there and luckily I took it,” Willett said.

“It was one of those days when I rolled a few nice putts in.

“I didn’t make any mistakes, I hit every green which obviously helps you get round any golf course. I was hitting the ball relatively close.

“You can turn average rounds into great rounds when you hole a few nice putts. That’s all I seem to be doint.

“We’re working really hard on the greens and it’s started to pay off nicely.”

Rotherham Golf Club member Willett made three birdies on the front nine before a brilliant back nine where his quality with the putter really began to shine.

He holed a 20ft putt on the last for a birdie which saw him finish level with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

There were more opportunities for Willett to make further progress. A 15ft putt on the 12th spun all the way around the rim of the cup before popping back out.

The 26-year-old won the event in 2012 in a play-off after finishing on -11.

And he admits it felt good to be back at Gut Larchenhof.

He said: “I felt at ease today.

“You seem to know your way around the course more.

“It was good to be back.”

Willett is in a rich vein of form having finished tied for third at the Irish Open last week, which earned him a place at The Open next month.

His third round at Fota Island included a hole in one.

He said: “I’ve been saying all year that I feel good.

“I haven’t missed a cut all year. I had to pull out of a couple of events with a bad back but I’m playing well.

“I’m playing some good golf.”

Willett will tee off for his second round at 6.10am on Friday alongside Cabrera-Bello and fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.