Willett goes back to basics with roast beef Masters dinner

Just like that, he was on the way to a quadruple-bogey 7 that ensured it would always be one of those Masters remembered more for how it was lost than how it was won. It will also be interesting to see the fast-playing Sneds, who has been vocal about how he feels about slow play, and Day, who is admittedly more deliberate, in the same group. "I have won a lot of points and sooner or later the Americans were going to put together a good performance to beat us. We knew we couldn't make mistakes". "That's easy. It's where not to go that's key, and that's what people are learning quicker". "I was busy with family life", Willett said, "and I didn't quite realize, in fairness, how hectic and how chaotic it was going to be".

"And I'm pretty sure that as I get even within the area of Augusta, there's going to be a big Cheshire smile on my face", Willett said. When they hear about a birdie, they find the slot that corresponds to the player and the hole and they open it, and pop in a red number.

"This is my third and I'm still learning", he said. If you add a baby to the mix, you get exhausted and a little frustrated, and then you hit more balls and work harder, and it just leads to being more exhausted. Y ou've achieved the greatest height in your game. You can't just do it week in and week out.

There's course knowledge, and then there's the terrain in your head.

"I draw inspiration from the results over the last seven years, not just what happened last year". "Had no fear. No demons. But it's pretty hard just to go in the trees at Augusta". Instead of allowing his frustrations to spill out, he wrote a note about the ball breaking differently to what he had anticipated - information he took on board at Augusta two years on. I tried to make a pact to myself not to get caught up in that, but it's hard.

Danny Willett, of England, smiles on the driving range during practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 3, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

While last year's runner-up Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Paul Casey are the Masters old hands, it is Willett who has become the standard-bearer for a new generation.

Knowing what's ahead might be better, but the Masters is a major creator of anxiety. "Just because you know what's coming your way when you get out there, because it's a major, you want to do well and you want to represent yourself well".

He's played this tournament three times and never finished lower than second.

A single putt stood between him and making the cut in 2014 but he missed it. Kevin Kisner believes he probably focused too much on playing on the weekend in his 2016 debut and tied for 37th. He says he feels calm and comfortable from tee to green and in better control of adverse situations than he is on other courses.

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