Monday, 07 March 2016
Danny Willett  (Getty Images)
Danny Willett (Getty Images)

Danny Willett continued his excellent record at the World Golf Championships as he finished in a tie for third at the WGC - Cadillac Championship.

The Englishman finished in a tie for 12th at Trump National Doral last season and went on to finish third at both the WGC - Cadillac Match Play and the WGC  - HSBC Champions.

Add to that a tie for 17th at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational and Willett has secured top 20 finishes in the last five WGC events.

Such strong performances in elite fields show the incredible progress made by the World Number 15, who was not in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking just 16 months ago.

It's nice to know that you pitch up and there's the top 50 players in the world here. It's trending in the right direction and everything is going nicely - Danny Willett

"So I don't think we can get too disheartened with the results."

Willett came into the final day in Florida five shots off the lead but had a share of top spot after he turned in 33. He bogeyed the 11th but birdies on the 12th and 16th had him within one of the lead stood on the 17th tee.

The Sheffield native put his second shot on the penultimate hole inside ten feet but missed the birdie putt and then saw his chances of victory disappear as he found water off the tee on the last.

"I've always said over the last couple years, winning is getting in a position on Sunday afternoons to give yourself a chance and sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't," he said.

"Today we hit it okay, a bit scrappy in places, but it could have been a different story but for 17, and a pretty tricky drive for me, wind out of the left and hitting a cut down the last.

"If someone said at the beginning of the week, 'ten under par and see where it gets you', I'd have taken it."

Rory McIlroy finished alongside Willett after coming into the day with a three-shot lead over the field, and was left to rue missed chances as he finished with a 74.

"I didn't make enough birdies," he said. "I felt like my game was okay for the most part. I didn't take advantage of the holes I should have. I couldn't birdie any of the par fives and that's really what killed me today.

"I'll take a lot of positives from this week. A lot of things did go right for me, but I need to just pick myself back up and get into contention again in Orlando in a couple  of weeks' time and let's see if I can get the win there.

"I've got two events left to try to get that win before going to Augusta and I'm hopefully going to get it."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SCOTT, AdamAUS18-12
2WATSON, BubbaUSA18-11
T3WILLETT, DannyENG18-10
T3MCILROY, RoryNIR18-10
5MICKELSON, PhilUSA18-9
6WALKER, JimmyUSA18-8

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