Willett backed to win at least 'five or six' majors


Danny Willett's university coach believes the new Masters champion has all the right attributes to win at least six majors.

The 28-year-old Englishman shot to prominence by taking advantage of Jordan Spieth's Augusta meltdown to claim his first major title on Sunday.

Spieth looked destined to win back-to-back green jackets, but the world number two imploded with a quadruple bogey seven at the 12th and Willett cashed in by carding a sublime 67 to win by three shots.

Willett was an unknown quantity for many before teeing off in the final round, but soon became a household name as Spieth ruefully presented him with the green jacket after a dramatic final day at the first major of the year.

James Hobbs knows all about Willett's credentials, having seen the Yorkshireman arrive at Jacksonville State University as a fresh-faced 17-year-old before nurturing his talent over a two-year period.

And Hobbs would not be surprised to see Willett go on to become a golfing great.

He told Omnisport: "The one thing that I remember about Danny was that he was very focused. He had a plan, he knew where he was going and what his future was going to be.

"There was never any doubt in his mind that he was going to be capable of playing not only professional golf, but playing at a high level.

"I thought Danny would be a professional golfer, but I could not envisage him being a major champion at the Masters.

"We used to have a running argument with our players about which was the greatest major and Danny always said the British Open was 'the major', but our American players would argue that the Masters was. I'm really interested to hear what his thinking is today after he won.

"I would think that he will be on the Ryder Cup team, I would think that he may play for the Olympic team. I can see him doing this hopefully many more times.

"I'm of the opinion that if he's done this at this young age, if everything goes well and he doesn't have injuries or anything to keep him out I can see Danny winning five or six majors or possibly more.

"To get to the level Danny is at now you have to have that instinct to go out there and work, to pay the price to achieve and be successful. If he continues to make the right decisions and maintain that hunger I can see many more days like that for Danny."