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Masters golf champion Danny Willett visits Lotus Training Centre

29 January 2020

Professional golfer and major winner Danny Willett was a guest at Norwich City’s Lotus Training Centre on Wednesday.

The 2016 Masters champion was invited to speak to City’s first-team players and staff about his experiences in professional golf.

Willett was asked a number of questions by BT Sport presenter and Community Sports Foundation trustee Jake Humphrey about his Masters triumph, the difficulties with his form since then and how he’s fought back from the lows to record the best year of his career to date.

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Willett said: "It was nice to come down and chat to the guys about some of the issues I’ve personally had within sport, the highs and lows. 

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"The lads are obviously in a position where results could have gone better, but they’re still working hard. It's just really trying to give them an outlook on what happened to me and how I got over it, so hopefully I helped out a little bit!

"I think the lads were listening closely to the ups and downs and how certain things aren’t going to last forever. You’ve just got to keep working hard, keep knuckling down and know what you’re doing is going to help turn things around. Hopefully they took it on board, and hopefully they come through for the rest of the season."

After the Q&A session, Willett was given a tour of the training centre, as well as getting a glimpse of the first-team being put through their paces.

"The facilities are brilliant. The lads are looked after really well and it was nice to see them in action on the training pitch. It’s nice to see how things happen in a team sport, obviously my sport is very individual and it’s very different, so it’s really good to get a new insight.”

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Humphrey said: "It was really interesting getting Danny in because I think it’s great for the players to spend time with other elite individuals, but also to have someone in who knows what it’s like to get to the very top, and then has gone through some real struggles.

"I think Danny is a good reminder to everyone that it can change in the blink of an eye. Not only do you savour it now, but he also had some really good tips for those guys on how they deal with adversity and difficult times, so it was really interesting.”

Club captain Grant Hanley said: "I enjoyed it, I’m quite a big golf fan myself, so seeing him on the telly and winning the Masters, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. 

"It was good for the lads to hear somebody speak who has been right to the top of the sport. Sometimes it’s difficult to compare an individual sport to a team sport, but some of the stuff he said you can relate to, and it was good to see that side of it.”


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