Golf ace targets first Tour win

YOUNG professional Danny Willett began 2011 in unspectacular style—but hopes to end it in much better fettle.

The Thrybergh-based ace trailed in 33rd in the Joburg Open in Johannesburg last week, pocketing a consolation prize of 9,800 euros for his efforts.

A European Tour victory has eluded the former English amateur champion since he turned professional in 2008 but with a string of top-ten finishes under his belt, the 23-year-old is banking on 2011 being the year he tops a rostrum.

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Said Willett: "People are starting to notice the progress I've made.

"I feel comfortable in the heat of battle, just nervous enough for the adrenaline to be flowing but not too nervous that I can't hold a putter.

"If I knock on the door often enough, eventually it's going to happen but I must not let the frustration of not winning that first title get to me. I know I'm good enough and once I get one under my belt, more will follow."

Willett, who has honed his game at Rotherham Golf Club, will fulfil another dream when he makes his debut in The Open at Royal St George's in July, but before then there's plenty of golf to be played.

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He'll do it with new sponsor Callaway on board, replacing Ping, who he has had an association with since his all-conquering amateur days.

Next on the tour schedule is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which ends on Sunday.