Masters 2017 Champions Dinner Menu announced

Defending Masters champion Danny Willett says returning to the scene of his greatest triumph may not spark an instant upturn in form.

Danny Willett's chances of winning back-to-back Masters seemed to be over nearly before the 2017 tournament got started. He needed two shots to reach the fairway from there before landing on the green and two-putting.

After Willett's tee shot to the 445-yard first hole landed on the outside edge of a bunker, the Englishman had a freaky stance that was awkward to it.

Willet dug deep and responded quickly with a birdie at the par-four third and picked up another stroke at the par-four 10th where his approach from about 180 yards stopped some eight inches from the hole. He opens his first round at 12:24 p.m. on Thursday and will tee off at 9:06 a.m. on Friday as he plays with Matt Kuchar and amateur Curtis Luck in the first two rounds.

It's thumbs up for Yorkshire as Danny Willett reveals his champions dinner menu for the US Masters.

They are tied at 3-under par in the second round. The Columbia native won the U.S. Open a year ago to get that monkey off his back. As he talked to his wife he said: "Wait, let me breathe this Augusta National air one more time".

It was his performance on the second day that really grabbed the headlines, however, and it was his second shot at the first hole that had people talking. It was overlooked at the time, but the Yorkshireman mounted a stirring Sunday surge here 12 months ago, with a closing 67 to equal that of Danny Willett, the eventual victor.

2016 Masters champion Danny Willett receives his Green Jacket from last year's victor Jordan Spieth.

McIlroy had been three over with six holes remaining but birdied the 13th, 15th and 16th, while Willett recovered from being three over after two holes, aided by an eagle on the 13th. But the Englishman played the final 16 holes 2-under to finish his round 1-over, a remarkable comeback given the blustery conditions.

How you are meant to play it?

Willett bogeyed the 18th to complete a second round of 78 and finish seven over, a shot outside the projected cut and also 11 off the lead thanks to Hoffman's birdie on the 13th.

Then came the shank, and it all went downhill from there. A poor second shot into the trees right of the green, where he jokingly asked a rules official if one of the dogwood pines could be chopped down.

  • Julie Sanders