Rusty start to 2014 for Lee

Lee Westwood returned to the golf course for his first competitive action of 2014 last weekend, but it was far from a dream start for the Worksop export.

The 40-year-old finished 47th in the Farmers Insurance Open, at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California.

It was on this course that Westwood almost landed a first ever major, when he finished just one shot behind the 2008 US Open winner Tiger Woods.

But it was a rusty return to competition last Thursday, when he carded a one over par round of 73 alongside Matt Jones and Josh Teater.

Friday saw him shoot up the leaderboard however, with a bogey-free 68, moving into a share of 22nd place on three under.

After that step forward, he took two back on Saturday by shooting a 75 alongside playing partners Bradley Keegan and Bobby Gates.

A round of 73 completed his scorecard, as Scott Stallings won the event on nine under par.

This week, he’ll look to shake off the rust at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

He’s been drawn to play with Brandt Snedeker and Harris English.

The former world number one has dropped to 26th in the rankings following a winless 2013 and will hope to end that streak early this year.