Wednesday 11 December 2019

Willett happy with RV approach

CLOSE BY: Danny Willett. Pic: Getty
CLOSE BY: Danny Willett. Pic: Getty

No player is better placed to win the US Open in terms of form than Rory McIlroy following his commanding victory in the Canadian Open on Sunday.

But when it comes to the best place to be based for the third major of the season at Pebble Beach, former Masters champion Danny Willett may just have found the ideal solution.

"We've got ourselves parked a mile away, right on the Cypress Point peninsula in a little RV (recreational vehicle)," Willett said.

"There are a few places around here you can stay in but the Majors are always the same. The traffic can be horrendous. You can be five miles away and it takes you an hour so we're staying as close as possible with as little hassle as possible.

"We spend so much of our lives in hotels so we try and get houses a lot of the time. This is just that on a slightly smaller, more American scale."

Willett has been based in America this season and comes into the US Open on the back of a tie for eighth behind McIlroy in Canada, his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since he won the Masters in 2016.

That statistic overlooks his superb victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November but does offer further proof that 18 months of injuries and poor form appear to be firmly behind the former world number nine.

"I haven't played lots of golf so it's nice to get into a run of a few events in a row," the 31-year-old added. "Memorial turned out to be a really good week, and Canada the same kind of thing.

"It was nice to have a couple of nice results in the run-up to a Major. In the past, I've liked to just do the Majors on their own, but for getting game-ready I think a couple in a row might help that.

"We've had a lot of top 25s so far this year, just not quite pressed on. If you take Rory out of it last week we've finished five back from second so we're getting close and will just keep on doing what we're doing,"

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