Danny Willett (150/1 2022 Masters Outright) has won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, finishing two strokes clear of fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren.

The former Masters champion was the clubhouse leader going into the final day, holding a three-shot advantage over the chasing pack at the St Andrew’s Old Course.

His form was solid throughout the four days, shooting under 70 in each round.

While he was briefly caught on Saturday by Richard Bland, who hit a round-of-the-day 64, his form did not dip and some excellent front-running on the back nine propelled him to victory.

He hit four birdies in his three-under round to enter the winner’s circle for the first time in two years after winning the BMW PGA Championship in 2019.

It is also his eighth win overall on the European Tour, to along with his maiden Major triumph at the 2016 Masters.

It has been a difficult year for Willett with the Sheffield native battling Covid-19, a hernia, and appendicitis.

This victory will lift him back into the top 100 in the world rankings and the 34-year-old was thrilled to win the event.

“It’s magical,” said an emotional Willett. “On British soil with everyone here, it’s been a great week.

“It’s been a couple of years of average stuff again. I seem to do this a lot actually, go up and down.

“We’ve been working hard, people don’t see it behind the scenes. Obviously my wife does and other people do but it’s a good one.”

Hatton and Lagergren were tied for second on 16-under, two strokes behind, with Irishman Shane Lowry (80/1 2022 Masters Outright) and Bland tied for fourth on 15-under.

The next event on the European Tour comes from Spain with the Acciona Open de Espana next week.

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