This year's Masters will be missing the presence of legendary Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer, who died last year at age 87.
Still, to his credit, he's not about to make excuses for his slump and is, instead, man enough to admit that he's not coped with the pressure of being a major victor as well as he'd have liked.
"I feel so fortunate that I have been able to play many majors in a row and given myself a lot of chances".
" It's been a tricky 12 months and we haven't played great golf, but by the same token if you look at the career we've had, we've not really had a slump in form in two years", Willett said.
"You've got to realise it's a very, very small percentage unfortunately of people that aren't very positive about things", Willett told Press Association Sport. You've climbed Everest and you've put your flag in. We're on the first tee on Thursday morning, and there's millions of people watching, and if you don't hit it good, a million people see you hit it poorly, and it's not nice.
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From an awkward stance on the edge of a fairway bunker on the first, Willett shanked his second shot into the trees, from where he executed a good escape shot which ran just off the left-hand side of the green.
"So I think the pressure has been slightly different, and the game has obviously not been as good as I wanted it to be these last 12 months, but we're still working hard, and if you work hard, there is that little bit of inevitability there sooner or later you have to kind of crack in and get back to where you've been".
The four-time major victor, who needs to win the Masters to complete the career grand slam, hit a superb pitch to three feet but missed the par putt to leave himself five shots off the lead.
Danny Willett unsurprisingly remained true to his Yorkshire roots as he revealed his choice of menu for Tuesday's Champions Dinner at Augusta. And, being a good Yorkshire lad, it should surprise nobody what he plans to serve up: roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. "It would have been what most people would have thought of if they were to come to Britain and sit in a pub on Sunday and have their dinner".
"I was frustrated (in 2012) but I probably didn't accept things as well as I should have, " he said.