Four-week break comes at perfect time for Willett


Danny Willett is looking forward to coming to terms with his Masters victory while he enjoys a pre-planned break from golf over the next few weeks.

Willett took advantage of Jordan Spieth's spectacular collapse at Augusta on Sunday to claim his maiden major title and become the first British winner of the Masters since Nick Faldo's third triumph in 1996.

The world number nine had already arranged to follow the year's opening major with a break from competitive action - following the birth of his first child.

Speaking on his return to England and wearing his newly earned green jacket, Willett told Sky Sports News: "I've got four weeks off now, so that's brilliant - I'd always planned to have four weeks off so it couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's a great feeling, it's still not quite fully sunk in. Slowly but surely, every hour it sinks in a bit more. We're just going to try and enjoy it."

Discussing his immediate plans, Willett said: "Get home, kettle on, change some nappies, then close the door and try and chill out for a bit."

Willett appears certain to make his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in September and European captain Darren Clarke expressed delight at the Englishman's success.

Clarke told Sky Sports News: "I've played a lot of golf with Danny of late, spent a lot of time with him. He was almost guaranteed to be in the team before he won at Augusta, but it was wonderful to see him come through and win in the fashion he did on Sunday.

"It's just another step in the right direction for him ... and I'm sure he'll be over the moon."

Seven European players earned top-10 finishes at Augusta, prompting Clarke to add: "I hope all those guys can keep on playing well. It's exciting times at the moment."

Clarke also backed Rory McIlroy to follow in Willett's footsteps with a Masters win, after the world number three drew another frustrating blank in his bid to complete a career Grand Slam despite being only one shot off the lead after two rounds.

"I've got no qualms about Rory - he's probably the most talented golfer in the world," said Clarke of his fellow Northern Irishman.

"He wants to win too much and too badly, and I'm sure he's going to get back to winning ways very soon again. Augusta is set up perfectly for him, so I've got no doubt he'll win there at some stage."