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Willett to play through the pain at The Open

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Danny Willett admits he may need painkillers to get him through next week's Open at Royal Birkdale.

The 2016 Masters champion has pulled out of three of his last five events due to a back injury, including last month's US Open and the Irish Open just over a week ago.

The 29-year-old Yorkshireman is now trying to ease himself back into action and played a practice round at the Southport links on Sunday.

Willett said: "We have had a full week off resting with the back, so we will see.

"We have just played 18 and it'd did not feel too bad. I will play nine in the next couple of days and hopefully it will be all right.

"We were always going to come and see how it was instead of pulling out early. It's the Open Championship. You need to come here, even if you have to get a few drugs inside you to get through the week. That's how it's going to go.

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