BATTLE FOR #1

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LEE Westwood goes head to head with Martin Kaymer this weekend, for the world number one spot.

The Worksop man could be removed from the top of the world rankings by the German, at the Qatar Masters, which starts today.

A victory for Kaymer would put him top of the pile, unless Westwood finishes second.

Last year he was third at the Doha course, and believes that he’s starting to get into the swing of it in 2011.

“I think I’ve shaken off a bit of rust now,” he said.

“This is a demanding test and while I wouldn’t say any of the courses out here are easy I think this is the toughest of the lot.”

He also insists that his game is perfect for venue.

“The course suits me down to the ground.”

“When you get rough like Doha, you would say it’s a good driver’s golf course so I would expect it to suit me.”

“It’s almost like a major championship set-up – a US Open – with firm greens and thick rough.”

Despite an in-form Kaymer breathing down his neck at the top of the rankings, Westwood says he is feeling relaxed about the challenge.

He said: “There is no pressure as such of being number one.”

“It was a reward for having played well. You get to the top position by being consistent.”

“I’m happy that I have been able to do that.”

“I have learnt not to expect anything. I play each week as it comes.”

“Whoever is good enough will be there at the top.”

Westwood will tee off with Steve Stricker and Robert Karlsson today.