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US Masters: Willett orders up a taste of home for Champions Dinner at Augusta

By Phil Casey

Danny Willett unsurprisingly remained true to his Yorkshire roots as he revealed his choice of menu for last night’s Champions Dinner at Augusta.

As defending champion, Willett gets to decide what he and his fellow Green Jacket winners will eat at their traditional gathering ahead of the Masters. And the 29-year-old from Sheffield resisted the temptation to try anything too radical by selecting mini cottage pies to start, followed by a traditional Sunday roast — complete with Yorkshire puddings and gravy — and apple crumble and vanilla custard for dessert.

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“I could have gone a bit off the wall and a bit crazy, but I want people to actually enjoy what they’re going to have and for it not to be too different to what they would enjoy and what they would like,” Willett explained.

“This is very much a menu of what I have liked and had growing up, with the British influence in there massively.”

Willett’s menu was rounded off by Yorkshire Tea served with English cheese and biscuits.

Meanwhile Willett admits even a return to the scene of his Masters triumph may not inspire an instant change in fortunes as he tries to scale Everest for a second time.

So far in 2017 Willett has failed to convert a three-shot 54-hole lead in Malaysia, finished 69th in the 77-man field in the WGC-Mexico Championship and failed to reach the knockout stages of the WGC-Match Play in Austin.

“There is more pressure as a major champion. You’ve achieved the greatest height in your game. You have got to the pinnacle. You’ve climbed Everest and you’ve put your flag in,” he said.

“Unfortunately, you’ve got to either climb down or stay up there, and it’s incredibly difficult to stay up there all the time.”

Willett was the 89th and last player to register for the Masters last year, only arriving on the Monday evening after spending time with his wife Nicole following the birth of their first child days earlier.

This year he estimates he was about the 15th player to arrive ahead of his title defence

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