Danny Willett stone-cold shanked one on Friday at the 2017 Masters

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"In fairness, you look back at it, it was quite nice".

"He says it's a thank you for all I've done".

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The 29-year-old last year became the first English Masters champion since Sir Nick Faldo bagged the last of his three green jackets in 1996.

"It usually takes five or six times to get into this".

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

"We marked it and lined it up", Willett said. "And obviously how it unfolded with everything like that on Sunday, as well, made it a little bit more dramatic for the guys watching". If they go a bit flat, we're not going to be happy.

That put the world number one's bid for a remarkable fourth straight victory in jeopardy, but there was encouraging news for the US Open champion on Thursday. Willett isn't of that caliber, and he hasn't had even a top-30 finish in the 2016-17 season. Last year, he was fifth after the third round and had some help to get the win as Jordan Spieth stumbled on the back nine to lose the lead. The win was Willett's first major championship and first PGA Tour win.

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"It's been a tricky 12 months and we haven't played great golf, but by the same token if you look at the career we've had, we've not really had a slump in form in two years", Willett said.

Willett was happy with the way he played overall. "I said to (caddie) Jon (Smart), it's a good thing it wasn't too shaved down or we could been back over the water in the drop area".

That was good enough for a share of 19th place on a day when strong winds made scoring hard, but all of the good work was swiftly undone when play resumed in similar conditions on Friday.

"Much has changed since I was here last what with getting married and now having a son but so far he's been great".

Willett might even hear a few jeers this week at Augusta.

At the very least, Willett deserves a decent defence and perhaps those magical memories from a year ago can help him deliver that. The worse he played, the more he regretted being away from home. "But still shows that sometimes fans don't know when to call it a day".

Hatton will tee off at 12.45pm local time alongside current Open Championship victor Henrik Stenson from Sweden, and Argentina's Angel Cabrera who won the Masters in 2009.

"I can start focusing on golf a lot more than what I have had", he said. I'm going to be able to slip my shoes on in the champions locker room upstairs.

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