Masters champion Danny Willett adjusting to life in the spotlight

Danny Willett arrives at Manchester Airport after his victory at The Masters
Danny Willett arrives at Manchester Airport after his victory at The Masters

Danny Willett got a taste of life as a major champion as he returned to flash bulbs and autograph hunters at Manchester Airport.

The Masters winner touched down on UK soil on Tuesday morning after an overnight flight from New York and walked through the arrivals hall wearing his green jacket.

Willett had to run a gauntlet of photographers and well wishers before starting the final leg of his journey home to South Yorkshire to see wife Nicole and baby son Zachariah.

The 28-year-old was far from a household name before taking advantage of Jordan Spieth’s collapse to become the first British player in 20 years to win the Masters.

“It’s a nice way to get back into the airport,” he said with a smile. “It’s been pretty big in America but until you get home I don’t think you can quite realise the scale of what’s going on.”

He added: “The more you say it and things like this happen you start to realise just what we did and everything that’s going to go with it,” said the new world number nine.

“Hopefully we just take it in our stride and enjoy what we’ve done.”