Danny Willett wins DP World Tour Championship, first victory since 2016 Masters title

November 18, 2018
Danny Willett walks off the green with his caddie.

Danny Willett ended a winless drought of 2 1/2 years with a two-stroke victory at the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday in Dubai.

Willett close the European Tour finale with a four-under 68 to finish 18 under overall, two clear of Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed.

It’s Willett’s first victory since his 2016 Masters victory. He’s had his struggles since, missing 13 cuts this season. His win at Augusta propelled him to ninth in the World, but he was 114th at the end of 2017 and entered this week 276th.

Francesco Molinari tied for 26th at six under, but that was good enough for him to secure the Race to Dubai title.

Willett, 31, opened the day tied with Reed, but Reed bogeyed the opening hole and Willett eagled the par-5 2nd to extend the lead. Willett had a two-shot lead on the 18th tee and missed driving into a creek by inches. His ball passed the hazard line, but he elected to play it and snuck away with a par.