Race to Dubai
Sep 23. 2019
Danny held off competition from some of the Worlds best to capture his seventh European Tour title, second Rolex Series event and first victory on home soil when he won the European Tours flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club. After posting an opening round 68, Danny went on to produce his lowest score of the week on Friday morning, shooting a 7 under par 65 to put him at the top of the leaderboard going into the weekend, tying with European Ryder Cup hero & three time Rolex Series winner, John Rahm. Danny & Jon went on to post third round 68's to set up a Sunday shoot out on the West Course at Wentworth.
Danny got his final round off to a flying start birdieing the second and third holes to move two clear of Rahm who hit back on the par 5 forth hole to half the lead to a single shot. A birdie on the par 4 eighth hole increased the lead back to two shots heading down the back 9 on Sunday.
Both players made birdies on the par 3 tenth hole before heading to the tricky par 4 eleventh hole. Danny's tee shot was pushed into the right rough and when his recovery shot hit trees and landed in thick rough, things looked to be going in Rahm's favour, the Spaniard was perfectly placed in the middle of the fairway. Danny's third shot was hacked from the fairway heather into the nearby bunker with Willett then eventually playing his forth shot to the green but some 40 feet from the hole. Rahm hit his approach to 15 feet and it looked likethe 2 shot lead would be gone, only for Danny to make his putt and post a remarkable bogey five. Rahm missed his birdie attempt to leave Danny 1 shot clear heading to the par 5 twelth, a hole Willett was to par and Rahm bogey, to give Danny the 2 shot cushion he had held for the majority of the day.
Rahm then produced a birdie on the par 4 thirteenth hole to put the pressure back on, only to bogey the very next par 3 14th hole to gift Danny back his 2 shot lead.
Both players then made par's on fifteen and sixteen before heading to the par 5 seventeenth we're they exchanged birdie blows, keeping the 2 shot lead heading to the final hole. it was Danny to play first and he hit the perfect 3 wood to right side of the fairway, a shot reminiscent of his tee shot in Augusta back in 2016. When Rahm's approach from the left semi rough went into the green side hazzad that meant Danny could afford to make par take home the title. In true gritty Willett style, Danny's 5 iron approach into the final green came up 12 feet short of the flag and allowed him to enjoy the walk down the final fairway. His eagle attempt was just left short but this allowed him to to tidy up with a birdie to finish and finish on an total of 20 under par much to the delight of the home crowds who were incredible all week.