The 2017 Masters golf tournament has now come to a close, but we will take a ride back to Augusta with the 2016 winner, Danny Willett. Willett is a professional golfer who hails from England. He turned professional back in 2008 at the age of twenty after finishing his college golf career at Jacksonville State University. While he has been a big name on the European Tour for many years now, he was unrecognizable to many Americans until his 2016 Masters victory.
At 29 years old, Willett has had quite a successful professional golf career thus far. Danny Willett’s net worth has increased throughout his playing career. He holds a total of five professional wins, four of which occurred on the European Tour along with last year’s Masters. His breakthrough came back in 2012 when he won the BMW International Open in a playoff against Marcus Fraser. That victory netted Willett over €300,000 or approximately $350,000. Of his remaining victories, two came in the 2015 golf season and then another 2 last year, in 2016. His Masters victory of 2016 was by far his most lucrative. He received $1.8 million for his Augusta victory along with a green jacket, an ever living symbol of the tournament.
Willett is currently in his 10th season on the European tour, while just having played on the PGA Tour for eight seasons. The official prize money he has been awarded on the European Tour during his ten seasons totals €12,267,975 which converts to approximately $13 million. If you add his PGA Tour totals to that amount, $2,713,938, he has a total career earnings of $15.7 million during his professional golf career. Like many professional athletes, on the field/court/course earnings play only a small part into an individual’s net worth and the same could be said for the net worth of Danny Willett. After his 2016 Masters victory, sponsors came knocking at his door. In fact, he gained nearly 50k Twitter followers as a result of his win in Augusta. We estimate Danny Willett’s net worth to currently sit at €7.5 million which converted equals $8 million. As he further progresses in his career, we expect his net worth to continue to rise. This will be fueled mostly by future career earnings on the PGA and European Tours along with further involvement in a variety of sponsorships that most golfers are able to carry. Although he wasn’t able to capture the green jacket in 2017, if he can win in 2018 or in the future he will join an exclusive club of players with multiple green jackets. There are currently only 17 players in that exclusive club, but a win next year will make him number 18.
Willett currently resides in Rotherham, Yorkshire with his wife and son. His son was born just before his 2016 Masters victory. He currently ranks 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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