Danny Willett Might Miss Masters Tournament Due to Birth of His Child

March 2, 2016

There’s a slight chance that Danny Willett could miss the Masters this April, but he has a good excuse.

Willett’s wife, Nicole, is due with the couple’s first child that week. During a press conference at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Tuesday, Willett says he will not go to Augusta National if their child hasn’t been born by the time the tournament starts on April 7.

“I’m looking forward to Augusta, if I get to go play,” Willett said. “Obviously Nic’s due that week, so all depends on how our little man is fairing, if he fancies coming out early on, it would be great, but if not, I won’t be playing.

“Yeah, hopefully, yeah, we have a nice, easy smooth early birth and I can get out there, even if I go and fly out Tuesday, Wednesday,” he continued. “It’s one of the golf tournaments you don’t really want to miss.

“Obviously playing it last year, I’ve still got my books, all my notes. So if it’s a last-minute jaunt there, it would still be awesome. So hopefully we can be on a plane there this year.”

Willett, who is ranked 15th in the world entering Doral this week, made it clear he wouldn’t go to the tournament and try to return in time for the birth or make a quick trip between rounds, if that scenario was ever an option. “It’s too far to get back,” he said. “You can’t get back in time. There’s plenty more Masters.”

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Asked if inducing labor was an option, Willett said: “Well, I mean, in an ideal world, it will come out a little bit early. But no, it’s one of them (who would want to do that), we’ve got a good few scans and meetings with the doctor over the next few weeks when I’m home, and if he’s ready, it might be something that we look at. But, you know, if he’s not cooked yet, then we’re just going to leave him a little bit; we’re going to leave him in wait. Something I don’t think you can really force; you can’t really force it in life, can you?”

The 28-year-old Willett appeared in his first Masters last year and finished T38 at 1-over.