Danny Willett was the first European to win the Masters in 17 years

Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett has withdrawn from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational because of illness.

The 2017 Masters begins in three weeks at the Augusta National in Georgia.

The Englishman, who won his first major by three shots, is scheduled to play in next week’s WGC Match Play in Texas.

Willett, the world number 14, said on Twitter: