Danny Willett challenging for redemptive victory with lead in Dubai

The Guardian - Nov 17, 14:25 GMT

• Patrick Reed shares lead at DP World Tour Championship • Willett aiming to enjoy chance for first win since 2016 MastersThe European Tour has turned into a backdrop for redemption stories

• Patrick Reed shares lead at DP World Tour Championship
• Willett aiming to enjoy chance for first win since 2016 Masters

The European Tour has turned into a backdrop for redemption stories. A week after Lee Westwood was reduced to tears, after securing a first victory in more than three years, Danny Willett and Patrick Reed are on the verge of bouncing back in a similar manner.

With 18 holes of the DP World Tour Championship to play, Willett and Reed have set the pace at 14 under par. Willett’s slide in the aftermath of winning the Masters in 2016 was such that many feared it could prove inexorable. He has had an upturn in fortunes this season – to the point where he qualified for the European Tour’s season finale – but winning for the first time since Augusta National would represent a significant achievement. Willett has battled injury as well as form loss over the past two years, with an association with Sean Foley – the former coach of Tiger Woods – apparently fruitful.

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