Masters champ Danny Willett going for gold in Rio

Danny Willett, pictured at Rotherham Golf Club. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Willett MC 1
Danny Willett, pictured at Rotherham Golf Club. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Willett MC 1

Masters champion Danny Willett is making no secret of his ambitions to go for gold at Rio 2016 Olympics.

Willett, a member of Lindrick Golf Club, is in Brazil representing Team GB and is enjoying life as an Olympic athlete at the Games.

Though he says it will be a very different atmosphere around the changing rooms when competition begins.

Ahead of Thursday’s start, he said: “Me and Rosey (Justin Rose) had a good nine holes today, talking through different things, you’re helping each other out still.

“But come Thursday morning, it’s like the gun goes off at a 100‑metre final. The guys might be chatting, might be helping to stretch, and as soon as the gun goes off, you’re trying for yourself, aren’t you.

“So I think you’ll see a very different vibe around this place come Thursday. Saying that, I’d love for me and Rosey to get a gold and say silver, but I’m not going to stand here and say I’d prefer Rosey to get a gold, it doesn’t work that way.

“Like I said, still a very individual sport but we’re under the same banner of Team GB, and you know, just like I said, it’s very, very different. Similar to the tennis, not even athletes can come in and watch other athletes train, unless they are in that sport themselves.”

Willett wanted to represent his country even when other golfers from around the world opted out from competing in Brazil.

“I’m happy I kept the decision to come down and play,” he said.

“I’m very happy with my decision to stay in the Olympic Village, to get the real full feeling of what goes into it, of how much the whole of Britain as a team come together.

“Yeah, it’s just an amazing experience to be around. You sit at breakfast, Andy Murray is across the hall from Jaime in the apartments.

“You chat a bit to them about a little bit about things.

“You have breakfast with Jessica Ennis-Hill in the morning, you chat again, you know what I mean.

“It’s things that you naturally wouldn’t be able to do. So to be able to bring athletes from so many sports together, I think there are no down sides to it.”