Danny Willett Plays Down Talk of Grand Slam Ahead of US Open

The Masters champ is the only man on the planet currently capable of completing the slam

Danny Willett
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Danny Willett spoke during the press conference for the 216th US Open at Oakmont

Danny Willett Plays Down Talk of Grand Slam

Masters champion Danny Willett, the only man on the planet currently in the running to complete the grand slam, has played down talk of him winning all of golf's four majors in the same year down to the strength of fields.

"I am relatively surprised that no-one has done it, but for the rest of the time I'm going to be playing golf, I honestly can't see it happening too much, just purely because of the strength and depth of the field," he said.

Last year Jordan Spieth got halfway to the grand slam by winning the Masters and US Open but came up just shy at St. Andrews in The Open, finishing T4th.

Tiger famously completed the 'Tiger Slam' in 2000 and 2001 where he held all four majors at the same time but did not win them all in the same year.

Danny Willett

Willett and his coach Mike Walker in practice

Willett, now world number nine, has also spoke about his new life in the public eye which he is struggling to get to terms with.

"The last couple of months, I can't remember a practice session or a tournament that's not being filmed or where a microphone is not nearby."

US Open first round tee times

The Sheffield-man plays with Rory McIlroy for the opening two rounds, beginning his tournament at 1.24pm UK time on Thursday from the 1st tee alongside the world number three and Rickie Fowler.

"I played with Rory when we were amateurs and it should be fun on Thursday and Friday. He's a fantastic example of how athletic golf is these days."

Danny Willett won the Masters in April by shooting a bogey-free 67 in the final round to finish at 5-under-par, three ahead of Lee Westwood and Jordan Spieth.

He became the first Englishman to win the Masters since Nick Faldo in 1996 and only the second-ever in history.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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