Friday, 04 March 2016
Danny Willett  (Getty Images)
Danny Willett (Getty Images)

Danny Willett will not be changing his approach to golf after another impressive performance against the world's top players at the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship.

The Englishman has risen to 15th in the Official World Golf Ranking in recent months, helped by a positive start to the season that has seen him win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and secure a top five finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Willett also won twice on The European Tour last season on his way to finishing second in The Race to Dubai and finished in the top 20 in all four WGC events.

Such form means he should feel very much at home in the world's biggest events, and he insists he will not be changing his gameplan as his star continues to rise.

"We've played well at the WGCs last year and tripped in a couple of good Major performances," he said.

"It's at the stage now where theoretically speaking, you should be up there and contending with the World Ranking but it doesn't always go like that. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get yourself into these World Golf Championships and into Majors and to compete.

"We're just doing the right things day by day."

The Sheffield native fired an opening 68 to sit two off the lead on day one at Trump National Doral, and was happy to be able to continue his good early season form.

"It was a good, solid day," he said. "I hit 16 greens and had 30 putts. You can't really ask for much more around this golf course.

"I have started the season pretty well, finishing fourth down in Sun City and obviously winning in Dubai.

It's only my fifth tournament of the year so it is still early days, but it is nice to get a few good numbers on the board - Danny Willett

While Willett may just be finding his feet at the WGCs, Phil Mickelson is a two-time winner - including this event in 2009 - and has seen it all before.

The American fired an opening 67 on Thursday to sit a shot ahead of Willett, and is happy to be rediscovering his form after a poor 2015 by his very lofty standards.

"I think it's a key round because I knew I've been playing well, and the only place I struggled last week were on the greens, reading them," he said. "So I knew I had been playing well, and you want to get off to a quick start so you don't have to force the issue later on.

"Getting off to a five under par round today, allows me to just go out and play the way I've been playing and not have to try to press the issue and go really low to get in contention for the weekend."

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1SCOTT, AdamAUS18-12
2WATSON, BubbaUSA18-11
T3WILLETT, DannyENG18-10
6WALKER, JimmyUSA18-8

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