Willett wants gold accessory for his Masters green jacket
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Willett wants gold accessory for his Masters green jacket

11 August 2016 / 08:00
What’s the best accessory when you’ve got a green jacket? For Danny Willett only some Olympic bling will do.
justinroseGettyImages-587923466Willett and Justin Rose will tee-off in Rio today as golf makes its first appearance at the Games since 1904.

The Masters champion will play with American Matt Kuchar and China’s Li Hooting while former US Open winner Rose will be sent out with Rickie Fowler and Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas.

Rose has already been in Brazil for almost a week, taking part in last week’s opening ceremony before spending much of this week trawling the venues cheering on his team-mates.

Willett and caddie Jonathan Smart even borrowed some tennis rackets of Andy Murray for a game.

And both admit to be inspired by the athletes around them.

“We play a pretty selfish and individual sport and I’m loving being part of the team here, I’m so glad that we came to Rio.

“We get pretty spoilt on the golf circuit but I’m so happy with my decision to stay in the Olympic Village and get the full experience, it’s pretty cool.

“I’ve had breakfast with Andy Murray and Jess Ennis-Hill and that’s stuff you don’t normally get to do.

“We’ve been out on the course and had some good practice, Justin and I talking about different things and helping each other out. The aim would be gold and silver but once we start we’ll be out for ourselves.”

World number 12 Rose has visited swimming, tennis and gymnastics during his time in Brazil 

“There’s been loads of highlights, the opening ceremony was a great thing to be a part of and just being around the team has been very special.

“I rode back to the village with Andy and it was good to get some insights in his world and catch up.

Open champion Henrik Stenson is among the 60 strong field as are Ryder Cup regulars Sergio Gracia and Martin Kaymer and a powerful American quartet of Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.

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