Lee aims for lift to Masters
WORLD No2 Lee Westwood is hoping this week’s Shell Houston Open will provide him with the perfect buildup to The Masters.
The Worksop golfer is back in action for the first time in three weeks and is confident his game is in decent shape as the countdown to Augusta continues.
Westwood was ranked top of the pile for almost four months but a slow start to the season saw him o v e r t a k e n b y Mart i n Kaymer four-and-a-half weeks ago.
The 37-year-old said: “I’m here to try to win. That would be great and I’d take a lot of confidence going into next week with that.
“I’m looking to play well and hit good shots and take the way I’ve been hitting shots on the range and striking putts.
“I’ve seen a big improvement in the three weeks since I last played so I want to take that on to the golf course and play solidly.
“I’m looking forward to this week and next week and this is generally the time of year I start to play fairly well and get in top form.
“I like to be competitive going into the week of a major, so that’s the reason why I play the Shell Houston Open.”
Westwood, who will climb back to No1 in the world if he finishes in the top two, will tee off alongside Phil Mickelson and d e f e n d i n g c h a mpi o n Anthony Kim at the Redstone Golf Club.
Even that line-up has a Masters connection, with Mickelson, Westwood and Kim taking the top three spots at Augusta 12 months ago.
BIG IMPROVEMENT: Lee Westwood is looking to find a competitive edge in Houston.