Masters Champion Danny Willett has said he will work hard and keep his expectations low as he heads into the second major of the year following his surprise win at Augusta.
The world number nine is not among the favourites to win at Oakmont, but according to Willett, that is just the way he likes it.
“I’m trying to keep [my expectations] still low, because, you know, this game’s hard enough without putting too much pressure on yourself and expecting to do well every time,” he told FOX Sports. “The game can really jump up and bite you if you think the game’s going to be easy from now on or anything else.
“So we’re trying to keep the expectations low and just know that we’re working hard and we’re doing the right things. Just try to come out and enjoy it and enjoy playing and enjoy competing…. it’s really difficult to try and play it down, but that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Meanwhile, Willett, who recently took a month off to spend time with his newborn son, said he is struggling to deal with the limelight since claiming the green jacket.
“The last couple of months, I can’t remember a practice session or a tournament that’s not being filmed or where a microphone is not nearby,” he said.
Willett will play with friend and 2011 US Open winner Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds at Oakmont.