Masters beckons for Danny Willett

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett will head for one of golf’s greatest tests in April after qualifying for his first ever Masters at Augusta.

The Sheffield golfer sneaked into 50th place in the world rankings in the final golfing week of the year to earn his place at 2015’s first Major.

Willett took to Twitter to confirm the news. He wrote: “Didn’t want to post anything until it was official!! Week 52.. OWGR #50 boom!!”

Qualification for the only Major missing from his record has capped a brilliant year for the 27-year-old who started 2014 at 116th in the world.

A largely consistent year which saw him make the vast majority of cuts and secure seven top ten finishes was followed by a brilliant winter.

After finishing fourth at the Turkish Airlines Open, Willett won the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, the first event of the 2015 European Tour calendar.

And he followed up with a fourth placed finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship a week later, meaning he will enter the New Year at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings.

His two big recent performances saw him jump to 56th and 51st in the world.

And while not in action last week, he moved into the crucial 50th place as a result of US player Kevin Streelman dropping out of the top 50.

Willett has a solid record in Majors which he will be looking to improve with appearances at all four next year.

Of his seven Major appearances, he has made four cuts with his best showing coming with a 15th placed finish at The Open in 2013.