PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Danny Willett has played only 27 holes since he first donned the green jacket four weeks ago at Augusta National.
He’s been busy doing other things.
“Drunk more,” the reigning Masters champion said Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass.
Willett’s plan all along was to take an extended break between the Masters and The Players. But he intended to take a family vacation. Instead, most of the time was spent fulfilling media requests in England. He has a box of Masters flags waiting for him in his locker this week, waiting to be signed.
There will be rust at Sawgrass. For sure. First, the lack of practice will hurt. Willett said he only played one round with friends last week and played another nine holes at Sawgrass on Monday. Secondly, last year was his first and only appearance in the tournament and he missed the cut.
“I’ll approach it the same as I approached Augusta, as I approached the week before that, and do the bits I can do and take care of my little jobs every day,” he said. “Then hopefully if you do all that you can hopefully shoot some good numbers.”
It’ll be a tall task for Willett to play well. He’s in the proper mindset to do so but it’s difficult to play well knowing that no matter what he does the rest of this year it’ll already be an overwhelming success.
In the meantime, the last month has been all about the green jacket. As will the rest of the year.
“Reaction’s been cool,” he said. “Obviously it’s a very iconic thing, the green jacket.
“Most times you get a trophy that comes with a poster a few weeks later and it goes in the trophy cabinet in the house, and it’s nice and you look at it every now and again, but obviously the jacket because you can wear it, it’s just different.”