Willett (back) withdraws from World Cup of Golf


Concerned about reaggravating a recent back issue, Danny Willett announced Friday that he will not take part in this year's World Cup of Golf.

Willett was set to partner with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia from Nov. 24-27.

"I was really looking forward to playing the World Cup with Lee Westwood, but considering everything, including the amount of travel involved and extra strain, decided that it was not in my best interests," the Masters champion said in a statement.

Willett missed the British Masters last month because of his back and has been mired in a prolonged slump. Included in that slump was some added stress at this year's Ryder Cup after his brother penned a now-infamous article stereotyping American golf fans.

As for his current outlook, Willett tweeted following a tie for 68th at the Turkish Airlines Open last week, "This game is really kicking me in the nuts at the minute," and told a reporter, "To be honest I don't really want to be out there playing golf."

After rounds of 75-74, Willett is currently tied for 54th at the Nedbank Challenge, the second leg of the three-event Race to Dubai Finals Series. He is second in total points behind leader Henrik Stenson.