Danny Willett turns down PGA Tour card

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett has turned down the chance to play in America full time next year.

During a highly successful 2015, the Sheffield golfer has done enough to earn a PGA Tour card for next year but has passed on the opportunity.

And he says the ability to pick and choose in which tournaments he plays leaves him in a fantastic position.

“We’re concentrating on Europe again,” Willett told the Star.

“It’s about trying to get ourselves really bedded down, settled in and try to win a few more times and trying to compete more in the Majors.

“Hopefully we’ll have that same chance next year and we’ll see where we are.

“I’m still early in my career, I’ve got a long time left.

“We weren’t willing to up and move straight away and move everything over there just yet.

“I think if you want to play in America and play well, you’ve got to be willing to up ship and go and do it full time.

“That’s didn’t quite fit in with what we’re trying to do.

“It wasn’t quite the right time for everything.

“We’re in a position at the minute where we can pick and choose the best events, it’s always a massive advantage over everyone else.”

The Hackenthorpe-born golfer is back in action this weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, returning to the Old Course where he made such an impact during this year’s Open.

Willett – who tees off at 9.33am this morning – is looking to close the gap on Rory McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings with six events left of the season.

He said: “I think we’re 300,000 euros behind Rory.

“We’ve got another six events to play. I don’t know how many he’s going to be playing in.

“We’re in a position where if we play well we can go into the end of the year, the DP World Championships challenging, either in the lead or close enough to where if we win we’ve got a chance.”

Matt Fitzpatrick is also in action at St Andrews and tees off at 9.55am this morning.