New dad Willett a late arrival to Augusta


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Danny Willett prepared for the Masters by changing diapers and making baby bottles.

After Willett returned home to England following an early exit from the WGC-Dell Match Play, his wife, Nicole, underwent a C-section a week and a half ago to deliver the couple’s first child, Zach. Willett didn’t touch a club for six days as he tended to his wife and adjusted to life as a new father.

“I was making sure that everything at home was fine so that I could come here with a clear mind, knowing that I had done enough back home and Nic was going to be all right this week,” he said Sunday.

It wasn’t until the Friday before the Masters that he started hitting balls again, and he didn’t fly into Augusta until late Monday night.

Willett was the last player in the field to register, No. 89, same as Jack Nicklaus in 1986. The Englishman benefited from playing four extra practice rounds last year in advance of his first Masters, when he tied for 38th

“The preparation wasn’t as good as possible,” he said, “but we still had two good days getting to know this place.”