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Willett gutted at course closure

Masters champion Danny Willett has expressed his ‘disappointment’ that a golf course he...

Masters champion Danny Willett has expressed his ‘disappointment’ that a golf course he played frequently while on holiday as a child has been closed, reports David Hayhoe.

Anglesey Council took the decision to sell off the nine-hole course at Llangefni due to its profits plummeting, a move that has been met with real sadness by Willett, who said it played a ‘key role’ in his development as a young golfer. Following the announcement, a spokesman for Willett said: “Danny is extremely disappointed to hear the news of Llangefni’s imminent closure. It’s a course he grew up playing on family holidays as a child and he had very fond memories of the place. It’s a real shame.”

Shortly after his win at Augusta National in 2016, Willett returned to Llangefni to show his support to keep the course open, but despite his presence and backing, it was to no avail.

A report was presented to the council’s executive that maintained that an extension to an agreement from 2015 was ‘not sustainable’ and the decision was made to close it. In an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield in 2015, Willett said: “We used to go to Anglesey in Wales for two weeks in the summer and play the same nine-hole golf course three of four times.

“I think the longest club you hit was probably a 7-iron on this par-3 course in the middle of a sheep field.”

The Yorkshireman has struggled since becoming the first English winner of the Masters since Sir Nick Faldo. He missed 11 out of 19 cuts on the European Tour in 2017, resulting in him changing coaches from Pete Cowen to Sean Foley, while his T8 finish at the Italian Open was his first top 25 of any kind since February 2017.

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