Willett could hand over the Masters crown

Tournament host Danny Willett has plans to present the trophy to himself after entering British Masters title contention at The Belfry.

Willett had been three over par after 12 holes of his first round at the celebrated English course and feared leaving early before having to return on Sunday night to hand the silver medal to the winner.

But two late birdies meant the former Masters champion finally shot an opening 73 and picked up where he left off on Friday, making eight more birdies and a single bogey on the ninth, his last hole of the day.

“Today I felt like myself playing; yesterday I felt like my brother,” joked Willett, whose 65 gave him a total of six under par, three shots behind German midfielder Hurly Long.

“I wasn’t expecting that. I laughed to myself, I think we were 99th on the 16th green last night and then we looked up today and we were 5th. That’s a pretty decent effort.”

It was a doubly impressive performance from Willett given his numerous hosting duties, and made that much easier last year due to the absence of viewers due to coronavirus restrictions.

“I didn’t have to do anything last year other than a lot of Zoom calls,” Willett added. “I had a lot of free time last year, no one here for photos and that sort of thing and I think it does make a difference.”

“I found myself pretty tired Wednesday night, Thursday morning and then those five hours on the golf course is the time when you’re in your own little box, the quiet place this week.

“It would be amazing to win the British Masters whether you’re the host or not. It’s a great event, there have been some great winners, some great hosts.”

“But to be able to pass the trophy to me would be a great experience. There is still a long way to go, but we can all hope and dream.”

Long’s 68 left him at nine under, one shot ahead of Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.

New Zealand’s joint overnight leader Ryan Fox dropped back to 10th after a second-round 73, while Jason Scrivener was the only Australian to make it into the weekend after finishing on the line. par cutoff after his 74.

Maverick Antcliff missed by a single shot on his 72, while compatriots Zach Murray (three more for the tournament after a 73) and Wade Ormsby (four more, after a 75) also failed to make it.

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