Danny Willett relishing return to Augusta as defending champion

He won the US Masters in 2016

Danny Willett relishing return to Augusta as defending champion

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Danny Willett is looking forward to his return to Augusta National in Georgia next week as he aims to defend his maidan major title after winning last year's US Masters.

Speaking to The Masters' official website he said: "I can’t think of a more amazing week to defend. I’m going to go on the Saturday before and play nine holes on my own and kind of soak it up and drive down Magnolia Lane on my own. And I’m pretty sure that as I get even within the area of Augusta, there’s going to be a big Cheshire smile on my face.

"And then when you actually drive down Magnolia Lane and you park in the car park and go put your shoes on, obviously it's going to be different. I’m going to be able to slip my shoes on in the Champions Locker Room upstairs.

“It’s going to be an amazing feeling to be able to go back there. Forevermore, my name is in history at that golf club and I’m going to be able to go there and be part of the Augusta family and enjoy every experience when I go back there,” he added. 

Willett won the tournament last year after Jordan Spieth collapsed on the back nince with a quadruple bogey on the 12th proving particularly costly. 

The Englishman went on to win by three shots and claim the coveted green jacket.