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WILLETT TAKES NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE TITLE AT GARY PLAYER COUNTRY CLUB

Danny Willett picked up the second European Tour title of his career after carding a final-round six-under-par 66 to convincingly win the Nedbank Golf Challenge staged at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

The Englishman holed six birdies on Sunday to finish 18 under for the tournament and seal a four-shot victory, beating fellow countrymen Ross Fisher and Luke Donald to the prize.

Willett took control at the Gary Player Country Club to deny Luke Donald the chance to toast a victory on his birthday. It was a frustrating final round for Donald, who came into the final day leading by a shot on 13 under, but could only close with a one-over 73.

He ended up finishing two shots behind Fisher, who registered seven birdies and three bogeys in a final-round 68. Marcel Siem finished three shots further back on nine under after shooting a 68, while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was fifth on seven under.

Willett’s only other victory came at the BMW International Open in 2012 and he put this win down to an aggressive approach.

“My caddie John and I spoke at the start of the week and came up with a good game plan, to be aggressive off the tee on this golf course,” he said.

The South African golf icon’s namesake course seemed to suit the Englishman, who put on quite the display.

‘It’s visually very intimidating, but I’ve been driving the ball really well and we wanted to give ourselves a lot more wedges and nine irons into holes, whereas some guys are just laying back.

‘We put a new Callaway driver in the bag a few weeks ago and it’s been tremendous.

‘It was just one of those weeks where the swing felt good and it came off. South Africa is a place that’s suited me in the past and I’ve played well golf down here.

“I love the place, love the people – everything about it is great. It’s been a truly fun test of golf.”

Article Courtesy of Daily Mail UK.

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