The 2016 Masters Tournament winner is a long-term advocate of Prostate Cancer UK and began his support of the charity after hearing of the inspiring work of fellow Yorkshireman John Brownless, who has raised money for the charity after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004.
Willett’s support of the charity at this year’s Betfred British Masters helped raise £25,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, including a £19,000 donation from title sponsors Betfred after his performance at the four-time Ryder Cup host venue, with £1,000 donated for every birdie he made on the famous Brabazon Course.
Danny Willett said: “It was very special having the opportunity to host the Betfred British Masters for the first time earlier this year and being able to support Prostate Cancer UK too – I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do both again.
“I was so pleased to have raised £19,000 for such a fantastic cause and I’m grateful to Betfred for its support of the tournament and of the charity this year – here’s hoping we can do even better next May.
“I’ll be wearing the Man of Men badge with pride again during the 2022 DP World Tour season as we hope to raise more awareness about prostate cancer. It’s the most common cancer in men and will affect one in eight of us, which makes the work done by Prostate Cancer UK even more important.”
Betfred has again pledged £1,000 for every birdie and £2,000 for every eagle made by Willett at next year’s tournament and will also donate £50,000 for the first hole-in-one by a professional on the 14th hole – the same hole that Sir Nick Faldo famously made an ace at the 1993 Ryder Cup.
In October this year, Willett returned to the winner’s circle with victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – the day of his 34th birthday. Willett also finished third on the Pro-Am leaderboard and donated £6,600 from that competition to Prostate Cancer UK.
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “’We were delighted to donate to Prostate Cancer UK after Danny’s performance this year’s tournament, and we look forward to supporting the fight against prostate cancer once again in 2022.”
Nicola Tallett, Director of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re proud Danny Willett has once again picked Prostate Cancer UK as his charity of choice for the Betfred British Masters next year. We’re also hugely grateful to the DP World Tour for allowing Danny to host the event for an unprecedented second time, this time with fans returning to the iconic Belfry course.
“Danny’s support over the past few years has been terrific and as well as raising huge awareness of prostate cancer, thanks to his relationship with fellow Yorkshireman John Brownless, he helped raise more than £32,000 this year alone. That money will help fund lifesaving research to help beat prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men.
“Despite COVID denying supporters the opportunity to watch the top talent on the DP World Tour, players, sponsors and broadcasters all stood alongside us and backed us brilliantly. And eagle-eyed fans would have seen our giant Man of Men out on the course. Expect more of the same in May.”