Danny Willett believes the past 12 months have made him "impatient" for success and is hoping for a change in fortune at the Masters. Willett won the first major title of his golfing career at Augusta last year but has not enjoyed anywhere near the same success in the months that have followed.
The 29-year-old capitalised on an incredible collapse from 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth to become the first Briton to earn a green jacket in 20 years in 2016. The victory helped Willett rise to ninth in the world rankings, but he currently occupies 17th and admits that the added pressure that predictably followed his Masters success has played its part in his recent slump.
"You do have a spring in your step coming back as champion," Willett told BBC Sport. "But you can't change your game like that. The pressure has been more from myself. It's not a nice feeling to not hit good golf shots when you know what you can do. I think the last 12 months has made me a little more impatient.
"I think achieving what I achieved last year and performing under the pressure that I did on Sunday, if you don't do that every time you get a bit annoyed. That's where the game jumps up and bites you. It's not that easy."
In 74 strokeplay rounds since last year's Masters, Willett has only managed to break 70 on 21 occasions. His best display since his triumph over Spieth in Augusta came in the Italian Open last September, but the Yorkshireman, who had the privilege of choosing the menu for the annual Masters champions' dinner on Tuesday and stayed true to his roots with selections of cottage pie and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, will hope he can kick-start his career when he tees off alongside American Matt Kuchar and Australian amateur Curtis Luck at around 5.24pm on Thursday.