DP World Tour Championship Danny Willett ends title drought with victory in European Tour


DP World Tour Championship Danny Willett ends title drought with victory in European Tour
    DP World Tour Championship: Danny Willett ends title drought with victory in European Tour finale in Dubai. Former Masters champion Danny Willett secured his first title since Augusta 2016 as he held off Patrick Reed to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
    
    Willett carded a final round of 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish 18 under par, two shots ahead of fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and current Masters champion Patrick Reed.
    
    The 31-year-old from Sheffield had not tasted victory since winning his first major title at Augusta National and had slumped from a career-high of ninth to outside the world's top 450 earlier this season after numerous injuries and a loss of form.
    
    Willett credits coach Sean Foley - who formerly coached Tiger Woods - and fitness trainer Kev Duffy for his resurgence, first teaming up with Foley at last year's US PGA Championship when he admitted he was "pretty low and open to trying anything" to save his career.
    
    The move paid off and Willett was slowing climbing the world rankings with three top-10 finishes on the European Tour this season, including a tie for seventh in Turkey a fortnight ago.
    
    Having started the final round in a share of the lead with Reed, Willett surged three shots clear with a long-range eagle on the par-five second and a birdie on the seventh.
    
    That lead was wiped out after bogeys on the 10th and 12th, but Willett responded brilliantly to birdie the 14th, 15th and 17th before a heart-stopping moment on the last, where his drive somehow finished inches short of the creek which runs the length of the hole.  
    
    Danny Willett admits he despised golf as he suffered through his personal version of Groundhog Day but will enjoy battling it out for the DP World Tour Championship title, regardless of the result.
    
    Former Masters champion Willett and current green jacket holder Patrick Reed share the lead on 14 under par heading into the final round of the season-ending event in Dubai, with Jordan Smith one shot behind at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
    
    Lee Westwood, who is seeking back-to-back wins following his victory in Sun City last week, is two shots off the lead alongside halfway leader Matt Wallace and South Africa's Dean Burmester, with Rory McIlroy five adrift after a 71 which included a double-bogey on the 17th.
    
    And with Tommy Fleetwood effectively conceding defeat to Ryder Cup partner Francesco Molinari in the battle to win the Race to Dubai, the stage is clear for a final-round shoot-out which could signal an emphatic end to Willett's on-course struggles.
    
    "It is very pleasing to see results out here and even at home when I practice I can see what is potentially around the corner," Willett said after a third round of 68. "There were times when I was despising golf because it was like Groundhog Day; turn up, be in pain, miss the cut and repeat.
    
    "When I met up with Foles (coach Sean Foley) at last year's US PGA I was pretty low and open to trying anything and that from day onwards we've been on a good path and elongating a career that would have been disappointing to stop after five years because of being injured."
    
    Willett has not tasted victory since winning his first major title at Augusta in April 2016 and was outside the world's top 450 earlier this season following numerous injuries and a loss of form.
    
    But the 31-year-old from Sheffield has also shown signs of improvement with three top-10 finishes and said recently he no longer felt like golf's version of "Humpty Dumpty."
    
    "It was a very, very dark place," he added. "There was no light coming through the trees. Just a big stump in front of my ball. My main goal this year was not really a golfing goal, but body-wise.
    
    "If I could finish the season healthier and fitter than I started the season, I would be somewhere near and that's exactly what we've done. I'm not going

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