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Masters champion Danny Willett's life is set to change in Major way

By Eleanor Crooks

Danny Willett got a taste of life as a Major champion as he returned to flash bulbs and autograph hunters at Manchester Airport.

The Masters winner touched down on UK soil on yesterday after an overnight flight from New York and walked through the arrivals hall wearing his green jacket.

Willett had to run a gauntlet of photographers and well wishers before starting the final leg of his journey home to South Yorkshire to see wife Nicole and baby son Zachariah.

The 28-year-old was far from a household name before taking advantage of Jordan Spieth's collapse to become the first British player in 20 years to win the Masters.

"It's a nice way to get back into the airport," he said with a smile. "It's been pretty big in America but until you get home I don't think you can quite realise the scale of what's going on."

More of the same was awaiting Willett at home, while a motion was tabled in Parliament congratulating him on his success, but he was confident of taking it all in his stride.

"The more you say it and things like this happen you start to realise just what we did and everything that's going to go with it," said the new world number nine.

"Hopefully we just take it in our stride and enjoy what we've done. We've had a lot of encouraging messages from really nice people around the world."

Willett had expected to miss the Masters because Zachariah was not due until April 10 but he arrived early on March 29, allowing his dad to be at the birth before flying to the US.

Willett is now looking forward to some family time and adjusting to life both as a new parent and Britain's newest sporting superstar.

He added: "I'm looking forward to spending time with Nic and the little man and just enjoying what we've done. Got to change some nappies!"

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