YUGC president Jonathan Plaxton on Masters champion Danny Willett

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YORKSHIRE Union of Golf Clubs’ president Jonathan Plaxton talked to Yorkshire Post and Evening Post golf writer Chris Stratford ahead of Augusta about the possibility of Yorkshire having a Masters champion.

Now the possibility is reality after Sheffield’s Danny Willett won a coveted green jacket in a dramatic finale to the first major of the year.

Sheffield's Danny Willett plays his tee shot at the 12th hole in the final round of the Masters (Picture: David J. Phillip/AP).

Sheffield's Danny Willett plays his tee shot at the 12th hole in the final round of the Masters (Picture: David J. Phillip/AP).

On this video Plaxton talks about both Willett and the new Masters champion’s fellow Sheffielder Matt Fitzpatrick, whose burgeoning skills were forged as Yorkshire amateurs.

Both the European Tour title winners came through the county’s ranks and Plaxton commented ahead of the event: “They are two fantastic golfers and two fabulous young men whom I’ve spent a lot of time with and I would dearly love to see one or other of them wearing the green jacket.”

He added: “The next Danny Willett or Matt Fitzpatrick could be in amongst our ranks now and we are working very hard to give them the opportunity to improve their game and to reach the heights that they want to reach.”

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