Masters Disappointment for Willett

Jordan Spieth hands over the green jacket to Danny Willett after last year's tournament

Danny Willett admits even a return to the scene of his Masters triumph may not inspire an instant change in fortunes as he tries to scale Everest for a second time.

Last year's Masters victor Danny Willett and first-time Masters golfer Tyrrell Hatton performed some synchronized skipping this week on the 16th hole.

Willett has since dropped from ninth in the world to his current standing of 17th, however, having failed to win an event since and largely struggled for form.

Willett has only claimed one top-10 finish so far in 2017, blowing a three-shot 54-hole lead to finish fifth at the Maybank Championship in February.

"Same as today, when you hit a few good ones you don't really make the most of it", he said.

References to Augusta member and tournament marker Jeff Knox, whose services will be required once more after 53 players made the cut. Fowler hit four birdies and an eagle to just one bogey to move up for a share of the leader board. "You get a little bit of outward pressure", Willett said. "If you don't, it doesn't matter how much knowledge you have, it's just not going to help".

"I've shown myself many times after that I can contend and I truly feel I cannot only win one (major) but more than one".

"You have achieved the greatest high in your sport", he explained. "Unfortunately, you've got to either climb down or stay up there, and it's incredibly
difficult to stay up there all the time".

"The pressure has obviously been more from myself".

"We've had two fabulous years and then you have a little bit of a downturn and it feels like the world is coming to an end". This is where this game jumps up and bites you. It's not that easy. "You can't just do it week in week out".

21-year-old Korean Jeunghun Wang is a strong prospect for the Augusta Masters.

Willett won the Masters previous year in just his second trip to Augusta National after finishing tied for 38th in 2015.

Joining Willett on the sidelines for the weekend are Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed and Masters champions Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.

"I think that will go down quite nicely this evening", he said. "It's a pretty cool place to be".

The 29-year-old Willett shot a flawless 67 in the final round at Augusta last year to win his first major title but he has not tasted victory since. Willett's only slim hope is that about a dozen players in front of him tank their afternoon rounds.

He went on: "We're on the first tee on Thursday morning and there's millions of people watching, and if you don't hit it good, a million people see you hit it poorly and it's not nice". Instead of allowing his frustrations to spill out, he wrote a note about the ball breaking differently to what he had anticipated - information he took on board at Augusta two years on.

The Masters is set to get underway in Augusta this week, which means that golf's most prestigious jacket is ready be handed out.

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