After 19 Top Ten finishes Callaway Staff Professional Danny Willett, powered by his RAZR Driver and HEX Black Tour Golf Ball, earned his breakthrough first win on the European Tour, after a dramatic playoff at the BMW International Open in Cologne, Germany.
The 24-year-old from Sheffield earned himself nearly £270,000 after a four-hole play-off in wet and windy conditions at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, following a tense final round that saw Willett tie for first place with an eleven under par total.
"Callaway has been brilliant," Willett said after claiming victory. "It's amazing. It was a tough day - it was brutal with the wind whipping and it was raining." He added, "I'll keep working hard and hopefully we can do it again."
Danny turned pro in 2009 after easing his way through all three stages of Qualifying School. However, he built his reputation in the amateur ranks, recording a stunning win in the English Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s shortly after being crowned Yorkshire Amateur Champion in 2007. He then went on to play in the Walker Cup and became number one amateur in the world.
Neil Howie, President of Callaway Golf Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “It was only a matter of time before Danny graced the winner’s circle on a Sunday afternoon. He is a huge English talent and we are proud to have him as one of our key Staff Professionals representing the brand on the European Tour."
“Now the first win is out of the way, I expect Danny to flourish and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we are talking about his next win. He has the fight and determination to go onto great things and with the support of the whole Callaway team and a full bag of 2012 products, there are exciting times ahead for him.”
Danny ranked eighth in the field in driving distance (295.6 yards) and tied 5th in GIR (77.8%). Donning full Callaway apparel, here’s what was in Willett’s bag:
What’s in the Bag – Danny Willett
Driver: RAZR Hawk Proto, 9.5
1st Fairway: RAZR Fit FW, 5
1st Utility: X Utility Proto, 21°
Irons: RAZR X Muscleback
Wedges: Forged Wedges (48, 52, 56, 60)
Putter: Odyssey Black Series i #1
Ball: HEX Black Tour Golf Ball
With no time for celebrations but still in confident mood, Danny was straight on a plane over to Sunningdale. “Going to qualify for the Open tomorrow; it will make it a nice little weekend.”