Masters leader Hoffman starts his 2nd round

Danny Willett has spent the last 12 months as a statesman of Augusta National Golf Club as the reigning Masters champion.

But regardless of how the fans treat him this week, and how well or poorly he plays, Willett will soak up the experience of being the defending Masters champion.

"There is pressure you put on yourself and the pressure others do, and expectations that because you've done it once you should be able to do it every week, and then you obviously start to think a little like that". "And the last 12 months has been somewhat of a roller coaster within life and golf".

"We're still working hard and there is that little bit of inevitability there sooner or later you have to kind of crack in and get back to where you've been". Woods is missing his third Masters in four years due to ongoing back issues.

That happened just yards away from where he first slipped on his green jacket a year ago after shooting a bogey-free 67 as Spieth melted down on No. 12 on Sunday.

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.


The Englishman, who carded 73 on Thursday, made a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole before a solitary birdie and three bogeys, including one at the last, left him seven over par for the tournament. "I enjoy Augusta so much and I'm going to be playing with a smile on my face", he says.

"Yeah, you are glad to get this round over", Willett said. "And when you hit a couple of bad ones, you get the worst score you could".

England's Justin Rose, who won the first Olympic golf competition in 112 years when he topped the podium at Rio 2016, will be looking to go one better than his joint-second finish in 2015 as he heads out onto the course. Last year, strong winds helped knock several top-ranked players out of the running before the weekend had even begun. "We didn't play great toward the back end of that season, but I think a lot of it was because we didn't really get the time off in the middle of the year we were hoping for". It's not that easy. "You can't just do it week in week out". They also tried to squeeze in a few practice holes before the weather turns nasty tomorrow.

How that impatience affects him this week in his first return trip since his victory is yet to be seen. Expected to be among his team's leaders, he had a bullseye on his back and couldn't muster a point in three matches.

"It's a great place to be". It could work in Willett's favour to go under the radar, but he has confessed that his major breakthrough has brought on difficulties that he did not envisage.

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