In 2016 Willett became Britain’s first winner of The Masters since Sir Nick Faldo 20 years earlier. He had just become a father for the first time when he capitalised on Jordan Spieth’s back-nine collapse and won by three strokes.
The victory took Willett, who had been sixth in the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, into the world’s top 10. Following an earlier win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, it also helped him finish second to Rory McIlroy in the Ryder Cup points race. He represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Brazil, although it was teammate Justin Rose who won the gold medal.
Some tough times followed – by May 2018 he had slumped to 462nd in the world rankings – but he ended that season with victory at the DP World Tour Championship. After a tie for sixth at Royal Portrush last July, he then added the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two months later, holding off Jon Rahm for another three-shot success.
In 2007 he was the English Amateur champion and a team-mate of McIlroy in the Walker Cup at Royal County Down, while he spent 12 weeks as the world's top-ranked amateur the following year before Rickie Fowler regained the position.