Danny Willett victory at BMW PGA Championship

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Former Masters champion Danny Willett enjoyed a first European Tour victory on home soil after overcoming Spain’s Jon Rahm in a final-round duel at the BMW PGA Championship.

Willett carded a closing 67 at Wentworth to finish a massive 20 under par, three shots ahead of fellow overnight leader Jon Rahm. He scored six birdies in his five under par closing round, including one at the par five final hole, bravely going for the green in two even though closest rival Rahm had already dumped his second into the water.

Prize money earned: £935,000 and and a spot back in the top 40 in the rankings.

The Brit fell to a career low of 462nd in the world, follow his highest ranking of 9th, as he struggled with a loss of form. Back problems and a loss of confidence saw Willett, 31, plunge down the rankings after he missed the cut in this event last year. Victory in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai 10 months ago, showed the swing changes he made to take the stress off his body back were paying off.

He will be just outside the top 30 when the rankings are updated today and he is top of the Ryder Cup qualifying standings after the first event.

Winning on British soil after I’ve been to so many bad places in the past few years is one of those fairytale stories you never expect to come true.

There has been a lot of turmoil to go through since the Masters, and no-one apart from my wife Nicole and the members of my team have seen how much hard work went into turning things round.

There were plenty of days that I would finish hot and bothered, wondering if it was going to pay off. Well, it has, and seeing my name on this fantastic trophy alongside some of the giants of the game makes it extra special

I feel fortunate that I’m pretty happy in my won skin, and that even on the bad days I realised playing golf for a living is a really beautiful thing to do. It’s all I ever wanted, so I’m incredibly proud to be in this position again.”

Danny Willett

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Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.


Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.


Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.


Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.


Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.


Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.