Willett continues rapid rise up world rankings

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett is closing in on securing the right to compete on the American PGA Tour next season.

The Sheffield golfer enjoyed a superb week at the WGC Cadillac Matchplay in San Francisco, finishing third after victory in Sunday night’s consolation match with Jim Furyk.

His placing was enough to all but secure a PGA Tour card for next season, opening up the possibility of playing his trade in the United States next year.

And it was enough to earn him temporary membership on the PGA Tour for this season and see him leap 11 places in the world rankings to 38th.

The 27-year-old will continue his recent run of competitions across the pond by competing at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, beginning on Thursday.

Willett topped his group at the Cadillac Matchplay with a perfect 3-0 record before beating fellow Englishmen Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood to reach the semi finals.

He was beaten by American Gary Woodland on Sunday but recovered to secure a 3&2 win over Furyk in the third-fourth place play-off.

And while disappointed to miss out on the final at the Cadillac Matchplay, he was pleased with his week.

He said: “We’ve played a few events over here now and picked up a few points to get the money up so we knew a decent performance on Sunday would give us a card for next year which was what we were hoping for.

“It’s been a really long, tough week and we have to take away the positives, that it’s Sunday in a World Golf Championship and we are here competing.

“Things fell into place, the golf course suited my eye.

“It was a good week in the end.”