Danny Willett claims Alfred Dunhill Links Championship win at St Andrews on his 34th birthday | Golf news

After two years without a win and beset by ill health in 2021, Danny Willett fought his way back into the winners circle on the European Tour with a stunning two-time win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Last updated: 03/10/21 5:21 PM

Danny Willett to victory in St Andrews

Danny Willett celebrated his 34th birthday with his first win in over two years after a resolute final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Willett’s closing 68 at St Andrews was enough to take a two-stroke win as Ryder Cup stars Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry were unable to break through their overnight triple deficit.

The former Masters champion got off to a good start under clear skies with three birdies on the first five holes, taking more shots on either side of the corner before coming home safely and staying at 18 under par.

That score was enough to secure his first win since the European Tour’s flagship 2019 BMW PGA Championship since Willett had fallen to 170th in the world rankings while also suffering a number of ailments this year.

In Willett’s bleak 2021, he tested positive for Covid-19 in March, had a wisdom tooth removed in April and was also rushed to hospital shortly after playing at The Memorial in June, suffering from appendicitis and also a troublesome hernia. that he had REMOVED.

But the pain was a distant memory as he carefully made his way around the Old Course, playing 36 holes 10 under par this weekend, with his mistake on the fourth Sunday being his only bogey at St Andrews.

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