Celebrations to mark becoming a father for the first time were put on hold to allow Danny Willett to compete in the 2016 Masters a few days later. What a month it proved to be as the Sheffield golfer capitalised on Jordan Spieth’s back-nine collapse to become Britain’s first winner at Augusta National since Sir Nick Faldo in 1996.
Sixth in The Open at St Andrews in 2015, the victory took him into the world’s top ten and, following an earlier win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, helped him finish second to Rory McIlroy in the Ryder Cup points race, his debut coming at Hazeltine.
The year also brought an appearance at the Olympic Games in Brazil, although it was teammate Justin Rose who won the gold medal for Team GB.
Some really tough times followed – by May 2018 he had slumped to 462nd in the rankings – but in November he was back to centre stage with victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Willett spent 12 weeks as the world's top-ranked amateur in 2008, a year after he was English champion and a teammate of McIlroy in the Walker Cup.Has six Tour wins in total as of the end of 2018.