European Tour, BMW International Open, Danny Willett Wins June 24 2012

Willett wins after marathon play-off

Danny Willett (Getty Images

Danny Willett won the European Tour, BMW International Open at a wet and windy Gut Lärchenhof golf course in Cologne after a four hole play-off.  Danny finally claimed his first European Tour title, he had previously achieved 19 top-ten finishes. It was a nail-biting play-off victory over Marcus Fraser. Both players had  finished the tournament with scores of -11 under par, which sent them down the play-off hole, the difficult 18th. On their fourth attempt Danny almost ran a flop from the rough in for birdie and Fraser’s 25 foot putt lipped out,  leaving Willett to tap in for victory. Obviously Danny was very pleased with his effort;

“It’s amazing, it was a tough day. It was brutal with the wind whipping and it was raining. Marcus had a great round today and I hung in there nicely. Hopefully I gave people a good show. This week has been strange, I’ve been working really hard with support from my family and my girlfriend. I’ve had some ups and downs in the last 18 months as everyone knows but I’m injury free now and back to playing well and I’d like to thank everyone back home for supporting me. I’ll keep working hard and hopefully we can do it again.”

He also spoke about his four years on tour without a win;

This is my fourth year on Tour now. I've had a lot of good finishes, been in contention a couple of times, obviously with Kaymer at the Dunhill a few years back. To polish it off, it feels good. Ideally I would have won earlier but probably winning a bit later on now, it gives me a little bit more to think about and I’m probably a little bit more mature now than I was when I first came on Tour. It would have been good to win a few years ago, but a win is a win. The guys out here are brilliant. They play week in, week out, and it's competitive. I'm just thankful for finally winning one.”

He was also in a hurry to get to the airport;

“I'm going to get on the first plane I can and get down to Sunningdale and try to qualify for The Open tomorrow. I've still got 36 holes tomorrow for The Open, the Irish Open, the French Open, The Scottish Open.  I've got a good run. I can't think of a better way to start my run off, but there's still a lot of golf left for the rest of the season.”

Good Luck with your qualifying for The Open.

Marcus Fraser said he had fun out there, and was gracious in defeat;

“It was good fun, Danny is such a great guy and he's an awesome player. It's the first of many tournaments for him, that's for sure. It was nice to have a chance but unfortunately I couldn't do it. If I keep giving myself chances, one day it might happen eventually. But as I said before, he's a great player and he's going to be a future star on The European Tour, there's no question about it. I've got to be pleased with the week. I played really well, three out of the four days and managed to make a few putts. It's just the way this game goes sometimes, you have to take it on the chin and get ready for the next week.”