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It's not quite Augusta but the 50-1 outsider learned the game on a nine hole course in Llangefni.
New Masters champion Danny Willett used to practice golf on Anglesey during family holidays to the island.
The Sheffield-born golfer was a 50-1 outsider to win the green jacket at Augusta before play started on Thursday.
But Willett, 27, stormed to victory on Sunday night as reigning champion Jordan Spieth collapsed.
Speaking to BBC Radio, Willett revealed Llangefni Golf Course, which has nine holes, was part of his practice routine in the summer.
He also used the club’s driving range to practice his swing.
He said: “We used to go to Anglesey in Wales for two weeks in the summer and play the same nine-hole golf course three or four times.
“I think the longest club you hit was probably a seven iron on this par three course in the middle of a sheep field.
“You skip it forward 17 years and you’ve got an invite to the Masters. It’s just a bit crazy really.”
Danny’s parents Stephen and Elizabeth now live on Ynys Mon and spoke about their son’s golf upbringing this morning.
Llangefni Golf Course was close to closing in May last year as Anglesey Council looked to save cash but it was saved when Partneriaeth Llangefni, a social enterprise group, agreed to take on management.
Willett was ranked 12th in the world ahead of the Augusta National and turned professional in 2008.
After his surprise success Willett said: “It is awesome.
“I played great golf today. It has been a fantastic week.”
The new world No 9, who immediately got on the phone to wife Nicole, said: “It has been crazy.
“You can’t really describe your emotions and feelings. It was tough today. Every time we got close, Jordan went further ahead.
“It was just a surreal day when you look back at all the ebbs and flows. It is crazy.
“My wife was born 28 years ago tomorrow (April 11) while my son was due today.
“Talk about fate. It has been a crazy, crazy week.”