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Masters Champion Willett prepares an Augusta feast

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Danny Willett admits to wilting at times under glare of increased media coverage

He also pulled out of the WGC Dell Match Play after six holes and revealed his anguish at learning in January that his mother, Dening, was fighting lung cancer and had been given 12 months to live. We had some fun on the 16th skimming the balls over the water together.

Danny Willett stared down the pressure a year ago at Augusta National Golf Club to win his first major title. It would be nice if there was another this year. On the first hole alone, he was six-over par. Shearer's consolation will be a full English team to follow from behind the ropes in the first round when the real thing starts today.

"Being exhausted means you can get frustrated a little bit easier and that leads you to hit more balls and practise harder and in actual fact all that does at times is make you more exhausted".

The menu includes roast beef and Yorkshire pudding washed down by Yorkshire tea, and "hopefully they will enjoy this little taste of Yorkshire", said Willett. In reality, it was built after last year's tournament and is so spacious and well done that many golfers are jealous.

The pressure to perform to one's best is there for all, but when your best is Masters champion, that pressure can be punishingly burdensome.

Dustin Johnson's prospects of competing in the 81st Masters received a boost as the early starters battled tough conditions. Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy spoke in Thompson's defense after she lost a major championship this weekend because of a rules infraction snafu that the LPGA is still trying to contain.

If you are looking for a decent outsider among the home players, you could do an terrible lot worse than putting a few pence on Daniel Berger, who is a wonderful shotmaker with a great temperament.

Though there may be plenty of golf still to play on Friday, Willett must be looking to card a score much closer to level par if he is to avoid the cut.

This will be Hatton's Augusta debut, but the bookmakers have him the third most likely Englishman to prevail on Sunday, behind Justin Rose and Paul Casey. "Then we played in the Olympics and we were in the Ryder Cup and we ended up playing about 32 events past year". I have a good feel where the hole locations are going to be, where to miss it, what the putts are going to do.

Spieth's unflappability, X-factor and obvious potential were earning him comparisons to the greatest of the greats. The son of a vicar made steady progress during his developmental years, although his former coaches seemed to initially imply that he was destined more for life as a journeyman pro rather than world beater.

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