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Course choices perfect for the big hitters to thrive: Willett

 

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

By Phil Casey

Former Masters champion Danny Willett believes course selection for Major championships is "playing into the hands" of the big hitters like Brooks Koepka.

Koepka claimed his fourth Major in his last eight starts by successfully defending his US PGA Championship at Bethpage after almost letting a record seven-shot lead slip from his grasp.

The 29-year-old American ranked only 44th in driving accuracy over the four rounds, but was third in driving distance and used his enormous power to get himself out of trouble when he tangled with the course's fearsome rough.

"If these are the golf courses that the PGA and USGA are going to continue to use it's playing into the hands of 10 guys," Willett said.

"Mentally you can be as good as you like, but if you don't hit it 330 yards you're going to be a long way behind the 8-ball.

"We hit a great one down the first on Saturday and you go online afterwards and see people hitting it much further and think 'Huh, it's a little bit easier from there.'

"But that's just how it is, that's the attributes that Brooks has got. You've still got to hit it straight and he does.

"He's turning himself into an unbelievably good player in big tournaments because the set up of the big tournaments is right where he likes it.

"He now has nothing to prove to anybody so he's in a pretty comfortable place."

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