Danny Willett believes he is now better equipped to cope with the expectation and pressures of being a major champion.
Willett made a fast start to 2016 with Dubai Desert Classic victory and a maiden major success at the Masters, but failed to replicate that form in the second half of the season.
The 29-year-old narrowly missed out on the Race to Dubai title for the second year running as Henrik Stenson finished as European No 1, with Willett since dropping to world No 15 after a missed cut and a tied-54th finish from his two appearances on the Desert Swing.
Willett can potentially move back in to the world’s top 10 with the victory at this week’s Maybank Championship in Malaysia, where he headlines the field, with the Englishman looking to improve on recent results.
“I’m trying to find a good balance between my expectations and what I want to achieve,” Willett told a pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday.
“I tried not to put too much pressure on myself after Augusta, but that expectation level goes up because you know what you can achieve when you play well.
“It’s very difficult to drop those levels, but unfortunately if you keep those levels high all the time then frustration levels sometimes match.
“One thing I’ve found difficult by lowering those expectation levels is ultimately playing better. If you break it (2016) down into sections, there were definitely some better than others.
“I’m just trying to look back on the bad sections and try and see where it went wrong and try and improve on that.”
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