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Sheffield's Danny Willet to make Masters debut

It is one of the most anticipated weeks on the golfing calendar and with all eyes on grand slam chasing Rory McIlroy and the returning Tiger Woods it has gone largely unnoticed that a Yorkshireman will make his Masters debut in Augusta.

Sheffield's Danny Willett received his invitation on the back of winning his second European Tour title at the end of last year.

Before he jetted out to the US, Danny spoke to our sports reporter Chris Dawkes:


Wilson defies odds to win first Tour title

Oliver Wilson - a winner at last! Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mansfield golfer Oliver Wilson has defied the odds to win his first European Tour title.

The 34 year old - previously a runner-up nine times - won the Alfred Dunhill Links event at St Andrews by a single shot.

The former Ryder Cup player, now ranked 792 in the world, has spent the last two years in the golfing wilderness after losing his European Tour card in 2012. But today he posted a final round 70 to finish 17 under par, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Richie Ramsay.

Not only does Wilson take home a career-changing first prize of £500,000, he also earned a two year exemption on the European Tour, and automatic entry to some of the game's biggest tournaments worldwide.

Westwood wins in Ryder Cup foursomes

Worksop's Lee Westwood has won his foursomes match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Comeback: Westwood and Donaldson won their foursomes match after losing in this morning's fourball session Credit: Press Association

The pair beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1 to avenge their earlier loss in the fourballs to give Europe a two point advantage over the USA.


Worksop's Westwood beaten in Ryder Cup fourballs

Worksop golfer Lee Westwood has lost his fourballs match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Losing out: Lee Westwood (right) alongside Jamie Donaldson lost their fourballs match today Credit: Press Association

The pair were beaten 4&3 by USA pair Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Team Europe currently lead 6½ to 5½ over USA at Gleneagles ahead of this afternoon's foursomes session, where Westwood and Donaldson will pair up again this Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Huddersfield golfer in world's greatest tournament

Competitors from our region are pretty thin on the ground at this year's Open Golf Championship. Apart from Worksop's Lee Westwood and Danny Willett from Sheffield, the only other local interest is provided by Chris Hanson, a 28-year-old qualifier from Huddersfield.

It's his first appearance in the greatest golf tournament in the world, and before he left for Royal Liverpool, he spoke to Sports Correspondent, John Shires

Teenage golfer prepares for pro debut at Irish Open

Exciting times lie ahead for young golfer Matt Fitzpatrick after he signed terms to become a professional last week. The 19- year- old from Sheffield will make his pro debut at the Irish Open on June 19th.

But first there is the small matter of his last event as an amateur, the US Open - where he has been paired in his opening round with current holder Justin Rose and British Open winner Phil Mickleson. Chris Dawkes has been to see him.

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