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Published: 13:15 | 13/4/16

Willett to make Euro return at K Club

New Masters champ to play Irish Open

New Masters champion Danny Willett will make his return to the European Tour at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club.

The tournament, which takes place from 19-22 May, will be hosted by the Rory Foundation and a portion of all ticket sales will go towards the charity.

Willett will join Rory McIlroy as one of the main draws of the event which will also feature Irish stars Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell along with Matt Fitzpatrick, Soren Kjeldsen and Matt Fitzpatrick, all of who finished in the top 10 at Augusta.

However, it is Willett who most eyes will be on after his final round 67 saw him win the coveted Green Jacket after Jordan Spieth suffered a back nine meltdown.

“The Irish Open is going to be awesome,” said Willett. “It’s a great event. Last year at County Down was pretty special, especially for me having played in the Walker Cup there in 2007. This year, we are at The K Club and it’s going to be a special week.

“Rory has done a magnificent job with the tournament, and what he is doing for the European Tour and golf in Ireland in general. I think with the field we are going to have there, amazing crowds as always and an iconic venue like The K Club, it’s going to be a brilliant tournament. I am really looking forward to making my first appearance in Europe there.

“Guys like Rory, Jordan and Jason [Day] have achieved a bit more than me at this stage.

I still have a little way to go to be up there with those boys, but it’s a fantastic start and a big move in the right direction to start doing special things in the very biggest tournaments.

“I am looking forward to being part of that illustrious group of major winners, which still sounds a bit odd to be honest, but I want to keep moving forward with my career and seeing what else I can achieve.

“I have no idea how good I can be. I don’t think you can ever really tell how good someone is going to be or what they are capable of. Before Sunday, people probably didn’t think I was capable of what I achieved.

“I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and ticking all the boxes that I know will improve me both as a person and as a golfer, and hopefully I can get into that position again. It’s a special feeling and one I want to feel a few more times.”

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