Willett Leads the English Challenge
Danny Willett will be the leading English player when the second round of The 144th Open Championship gets underway at the Old Course tomorrow.
The 26 year-old from Sheffield, the world No. 1 amateur back in 2008, carded a superb six-under-par 66 in the worst of the weather to finish the second round just one shot off the lead set by early pacesetter, Dustin Johnson. He is also in good company sharing second place with former double US Open champion, Retief Goosen, Open champion Paul Lawrie, Masters winner Zach Johnson and the surprise package, debutant Robert Streb.
The 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge champion began his round with three successive birdies to reach the turn in 33 and then came home in the same number after eagling the 10tH and posting further birdies on the 13TH and 18TH holes.
“To go three under on the back nine is pretty good,” he said. “We hit a lot of good shots on the back nine. We had the ball under control.
“Today it was tough but playable. There’s chances out there. If you hit good shots, there’s chances.
“You’d roughly know how far the wind was going to move it but tomorrow might be different.
"It could be Armageddon from the look of the weather forecast so we will just have to wait and see.”
Willett’s best performance in three previous Open Championships came at Muirfield in 2013 when he carded rounds of 75, 72, 72 and 71 to finish tied 15TH behind Phil Mickelson. He missed the cut in both his other appearances at Royal St George’s in 2011 and last year at Hoylake