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Willett had posted a horror Thursday opening score of a seven-over par 79 and was four-over for his nine holes on day two that included finding water in taking a triple bogey ‘6’ at the famed island-green 17th that he was playing as his eight hole.

In fact, after his tee shot made a splash Willett moved to the ‘drop zone’ and proceeded to put his third shot also in the water.

And this was after Willett had also found the water at 17 a day earlier in taking a bogey.

“Yeah, the back’s been a little bit on and off”, he said to The Golf Channel.

“But swinging it like I’m swinging it, that’s when it kind of fires the back up.

“We woke up this morning and it was tight. I don’t really need to see anyone else to tell me, I’ve had it many times before. 

“Hopefully, touch wood. We’ll see, see how things go”.

It has been a continuing difficult time for the 29-year old who saw his Augusta National winning caddy, Jonathan Smart give him the sack after a blazing on-course disagreement during the first round of the RBC Heritage Classic at Hilton Head, and a week after his Masters defence.

Smart indicated he was ‘fed-up’ in being constantly singled out for poor shots.

Smart left the course and headed straight back to the UK leaving a member of his ISM management team to act as caddy for the second round that saw him shoot a 78 and miss the South Carolina cut.

And Willett turned-up at this week’s $US 10.5m Players Championship with ‘best friend’ Sam Haywood on the bag. 

Haywood had been best man at Willett’s wedding, but this week was suppose to be just a one-week partnership given Haywood is working the European Tour full-time in caddying for American David Lipsky.

“Sam’s my best friend. We grew up playing a lot of golf,” Willett said ahead of this week’s Florida event.

“He’s just a good friend of mine. He’s doing this week and then I’m going to have to try to find someone for the next few weeks.”

And while Willett has contested two “no-cut” WGC events this year, he is not played all four rounds since sharing fifth place in the Maybank Championship in Malaysian in February, for his only worldwide top-10 finish of 2017.

It is understood Willett was being driven south to Orlando Airport for a flight later Friday US time to the UK.

Willett’s next scheduled event is the May 25th commencing BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Surrey.

“I’ve already limited the schedule down a lot, obviously all of the Travelling we’ve been doing, and everything that’s been going on,” he said.

“Hopefully, all going well, we get back on. We have a week to do some work and see how it feels.”

Source : EXPRESS

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