PGC Championship Review
Golf fanatics were treated to a thrilling renewal of the PGA Championship with Danny Willett blazing a trail of glory to the prize at Wentworth on Sunday. The Englishman recorded a score of five-under-par, thanks to a final day 67 and that was enough to get him over the line and delight sizeable support watching on at the course and following the live coverage on Sky Sports.
The champion claimed his prize by three shots, Rahm finishing second on 17 under, ahead of Bezuidenhout of South Africa in third a shot behind. The final places had Horschel in fourth before the top five was completed by Reed who carded 13-under-par. It was a bunch finish on a final day that really could have gone either way.
2019 Has Been a Great Year for Danny Willett
The 2019 PGA Championship was 31-year-old Sheffield born golfer Danny Willett’s first major championships success since turning professional in 2008. Prior to this weekend, his best efforts had been in finishing sixth at The Open Championship this year. That’s quite a jump in standard, but followers of the champion’s career wouldn’t have been too surprised as he went in with form and the clues were present he was fast approaching a first major success. Having said that, not many sports bettors had their cash down on Willett winning the PGA Championship.
Willett’s other results at majors was a 12th at the US Open this year and uninspiring 30th in the PGA Championship back in 2014. Three career-best performances at the four majors in 2019. He’s certainly a man in the form of his life and one well worth a second look when planning your attack on the bookmakers in upcoming events. Willett fans always knew he was good enough to win a top prize, but now they have the proof and the stats to support their backing of the Yorkshireman. Is there more to come? His results this year certainly suggest so.
The three shots margin would suggest Willett enjoyed a comfortable round of golf on the final day but that was far from the case. He was made to roll up his sleeves and work for the prize, pushed all the way by rival Jon Rahm of Spain on Sunday. The pair went into the final leg tied at the head of the leader board and that made for gripping viewing. The winner was going to be the man who could hold his nerve in the final few holes, and that proved to be Willett who was deserving of his crown.
The Comeback Trail
To get a full understanding of the importance of this win we should look back on just where Danny Willett has come from in his career. He showed glimpses of early promises and was picked by many in the known to climb the ranks and become a multiple majors winner. His career didn’t quite live up to expectations, however. In fact, his career went flat as he tumbled out of contention.
Only last year when taking part in this very event he did so as a player ranked a jaw-dropping 462nd in the world. There wasn’t a golf fan on the planet who could have predicted then that Danny Willett would stand as the PGA Championship winner just 12 months ago. How did he manage to pull the dying embers of his career from the ashes? By forcing change and looking at what he was sacrificing and how much he really wanted to be a champion.
Willett wielded the axe, making important changes to both his game and the people around him. He changed his caddie, coach and even his management. Danny even moved house to help push through the fresh start and it got the desired effect. We saw signs of that when he won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai less than a year ago. The fact Willett got results for his bold make helped him push on with the plan.
Fairytale Week for the Local
Speaking to the press at the conclusion of play on Sunday before an appreciative audience at Wentworth, 2019 champion Danny Willett wasn’t in the mood to hide his emotions. He had worked hard for his title and was determined to savour every last minute of it.
He told reporters it has been a fairytale week for him and to cap it with a major championship win on home soil was perfect. Looking back at just what he had achieved, Danny added that the course had produced some incredible winners in the past and he was overwhelmed to now be included in that list, labelling it an honour and a privilege to join the list.
Followers of golf betting don’t often find Danny Willett positioned near the head of the list of competitions of note, but they are sure to see him prominent between now and the end of the year. He has a big future ahead of him, that much was already obvious. The few backers who had their cash down on him winning on Sunday should make the most of it because there won’t be too many more opportunities to back him at big odds again in future. Traders now appreciate just what the champion is capable of and will slash his odds going forward as a result. Danny Willett now falls into the category of Majors winners and you don’t see too many of them with big odds attached.
The champion is now likely to take a quick rest before getting back into the thick of things. There aren’t too many more fixtures of note left this year before the weather turns and professional golf becomes difficult. October’s schedule is highlighted by the Spanish, Italian Open and French Opens. There’s also the Portugal Masters to look forward to.