So we all know Jordan Spieth. And Dustin Johnson. But the British Open leaderboard is filled with players who might make you say, “Who?” One of those is Danny Willett. The 27-year-old Englishman fired an opening round 66 and was the first player to reach double-digits when he birdied the par-4 10th to get to 10-under. Willett finished at 9-under after finishing his Friday with a 69. He’s the leader in the clubhouse. Let’s get to know him.
1. The Englishman was the number one amateur in the world in 2008 after winning the English Amateur Championship in 2007 and competing in the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down.
2. He has temporary membership for the remainder of the 2015 PGA Tour season after finishing third at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. He lost 3&2 in the semifinal match to Gary Woodland, but defeated Jim Furyk 3&2 in the consolation match. Willett entered the event as the No. 49 seed.
3. At the 2015 Players, he made a 74-foot putt – the sixth longest on tour this season. As big as the greens are at the Old Course, he might face a similar putt this week.
4.Willett is currently second in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, just behind World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
5. He shot his career best win this year at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, where he shot Saturday and Sunday rounds of 65 and 66 for finish 18-under par at the Gary Player Country Club. He won by four shots.