The Masters is a familee affair

Lee Westwood is hoping that his family can help him capture a first major title.

The world number two golfer has enlisted the help of his loved ones ahead of the US Masters at Augusta today.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lee first turned to his father John, a former Valley School teacher, to work on his putting, before getting his kids involved in his preparations.

Westwood, who struggled with the putter at the Houston Open a week ago, explained: “It wasn’t very good last week but I spent an hour and a half on the putting green with my dad and sorted quite a few things out.”

“I’ve been struggling with my alignment a little bit, so we worked on that and getting a bit close to the ball with my eyes over the ball a little bit more.”

“They were getting a bit too far inside.”

“The path the putter is now making is better, it’s on line a little bit longer.”

“Feels and looks a lot better, as well – I’m getting quite confident.”

And with the whole family out in Augusta to support Worksop Golf Club’s finest export, Westwood’s kids, Sam and Poppy, were keen to help their dad get his game in shape.

He said: “It’s a help. They are only here until Thursday.”

“Sam wanted to come and caddie in the Par 3 Tournament.”

“Seems like I have another caddie that’s tagging along in Poppy.”

“It will be nice to get them out there. I don’t think they realise what I do until they come and see this.”

A major title is the only thing missing from his record, but Westwood insisted he was confident and relaxed about the challenge.

“I feel like everything’s coming together,” he said.

“I think the start of this year has been a little bit slow, partly to do with being injured the second half of last year.”

“I haven’t really been able to get into a flow of things and play the schedule that I would like.

“And I’m generally a pretty slow start most years.”

“But this year, I’ve shot some good scores and played some good golf.”

“So you know, if it all clicks into place this week, I know if I’m on my game, it’s good enough to win.”

With much of the pre-tournament talk surrounding Phil Mickelson, Westwood revealed that last year’s Masters winner gave him some words of encouragement.

“Last year, I sat in the scoring cabin and he (Mickelson) just said, ‘Just keep doing what you’re doing and it will happen for you sooner or later.’”

The Worksop man’s preparations for the Masters took a dramatic turn on Sunday when his private jet was forced into an emergency landing.