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Danny Willett, centre, admits it is a dream come true to qualify for the Ryder Cup.

Danny Willett's willing and able to make the right Ryder Cup impression

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Danny Willett is ready to embrace the contrast of being a major champion but Ryder Cup rookie in this year's contest at Hazeltine.

Willett held his nerve in brilliant fashion to win the Masters on Sunday, carding a flawless 67 while defending champion and world number two Jordan Spieth collapsed with victory seemingly in his grasp.

The 28-year-old's dramatic triumph has made him a certainty for the Ryder Cup in September, when his stablemate Darren Clarke will captain a European side seeking a fourth straight win and ninth success in the last 11 biennial contests.

"To be on the plane to Hazeltine with Clarkey and the lads is going to be awesome. It's a dream come true," Willett told Press Association Sport.

"I'm going to be a rookie so it's going to be great fun to embrace everything that goes around it and to get advice off people who have done it many, many times before, to sit down and talk to Rory (McIlroy), (Henrik) Stenson, Sergio (Garcia) and ask them, as crazy as it sounds, how to deal with the pressure of the Ryder Cup.

"Apparently the nerves I felt on Sunday compared to the Ryder Cup is massively different."

Willett's victory has also put him in pole position to claim a place on the Great Britain team for the Olympics in Rio, when golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904.

All players within the top 15 of the Olympic rankings on July 11 will be eligible, although no more than four players can come from any one country. Willett is currently ranked ninth, with Justin Rose 10th.

"The Olympics is going to be great fun," Willett added. "It's going to be awesome to be in and around the best athletes in the world at their allotted sports; to speak to them and see how they go about their daily routines.

"For us with the majors and WGC's we get four chances a year at each of them, these guys get one chance every four years. It kind of puts it into perspective how important those few weeks are for those athletes. Just to be in and around that is going to be brilliant."

Spieth held a five-shot with just nine holes to play on Sunday, but collapsed to a back nine of 41 after bogeys on the 10th and 11th were followed by a quadruple-bogey seven on the 12th.

That has meant as much focus on the American as on Willett's superb performance under pressure, but he added: " I don't really mind what people think, who won or who lost. I am obviously able to sit here in the green jacket and enjoy it.

"Part of golf is being able to handle certain things, handle the pressure and hit the right shots at the right time. If I'd have shot 72 and Jordan did what he did it would have been a different story.

"Who won, who lost, I don't really know what people are going to think and I'm not really that fussed to be fair."

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