Sanderson Farms Championship and BMW PGA Championship Recaps: Willett and Munoz Win
Sanderson Farms Championship and BMW PGA Championship Recaps: Willett and Munoz Win

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In 2016, Danny Willett won the Masters and climbed into the top-10 in the world rankings. Things were going great. In 2017, he not only suffered shoulder and knee injuries and was, in his words, "chomping painkillers," he split with his caddie, his coach and his manager. By the middle of 2018, Willett's ranking had plummeted into the 400s and he was in such a dark place it was, as he called it, "pitch black."

So it was quite a sight to see Willett stare down Jon Rahm and the rest of a loaded field to win the BMW PGA Championship, the signature event on the European Tour, on Sunday at Wentworth.

The Englishman was tied with Rahm after two rounds and again after three before winning by three strokes. Seeing Willett celebrate with his family, including his two young sons, was a stark contrast from the previous couple of years.

Now two weeks shying of turning 32, Willett told reporters at Wentworth that he had "an undying want to get back there. I was willing to change whatever had to be changed, and I think that's pretty hard to do. It's hard to jump full throttle into something that you're not quite sure if it's going to work out or not.

"I was able to jump in there and I had the correct people around me. All the work that we've put in has come forward."

Willett's turnaround has been remarkable. It began to take flight last November when

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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