Bernard Gallacher: Danny Willett is a ‘star in the making’

Danny Willett has been praised by former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. Picture: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
Danny Willett has been praised by former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. Picture: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
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Masters champion Danny Willett is a “star in the making” who has no obvious weakness in his game, according to former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher.

Willett became only the second Englishman to win the Masters, after Sir Nick Faldo, following a dramatic final round at Augusta National which saw Jordan Spieth suffer a stunning collapse.

He is the fourth Briton to get his hands on the Green Jacket, with Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam blazing a trail in the 1980s.

It was the first major title of Willett’s career, but Gallacher is sure it will not be the 28-year-old Yorkshireman’s last.

Bathgate’s Gallacher, who captained Europe in three successive Ryder Cups in the 1990s, told talkSPORT: “I think we have a star in the making in Danny. He doesn’t seem to have a weakness in his game.

“This isn’t a one-off.

“He’s won tournaments before and he was No 12 in the world before the Masters.”

Defending champion Spieth reached the turn in his final round boasting a five-shot lead but saw his dreams shattered by back-to-back bogeys followed by a quadruple-bogey seven on the 12th.

That unexpectedly boosted Willett to the top of the leaderboard, but Gallacher believes it was events the previous evening that also played a key role.

He said: “Jordan Spieth’s collapse on Saturday evening, when he had a bogey and double bogey in his final two holes, that really opened the door for about 15 guys the next day.

“Danny was one of those players within striking distance. He grabbed his chance and good luck to him.”

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