Daniel Willett, the 20-year-old top-ranked amateur from Sheffield, marked his debut in a professional event with an opening round of 66 in the Open de Andalucia in Spain before finishing tied for 19th place with former Open champion Paul Lawrie and Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez.

 

Willett claimed the number one position on The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking with his Spanish Amateur victory earlier this month.  After playing in last year's Walker Cup match at Royal County Down he cut short his scholarship in Alabama and returned home to play full-time amateur golf.

 

He finished on five under par 283 in the Open de Andalucia after accepting a sponsor's invitation to play as the reigning Spanish Amateur champion.  The event was won by Thomas Levet of France after a play-off with another English former Walker Cup team member, Oliver Fisher, who was only 16 years old when he played against the USA at Chicago in 2005, to become the youngest player in the history of the biennial contest.

 

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