Westwood tees off in 17th bid to win Masters green jacket

England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife.

17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow.

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England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife. 17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow. � Jane Barlow 2015 {all rights reserved} janebarlowphotography@gmail.com m: 07870 152324

Lee Westwood’s 17th attempt to win the Masters gets underway today.

The Worksop golfer has finished in the top 10 five times at Augusta National.

He came closest in 2010 when he finished second to American Phil Mickelson.

Westwood tees off today alongside the legendary Tom Watson, and Charley Hoffman, with mum Trish travelling out to the States in support.

Speaking ahead of the first major tournament of the year, Westwood was keen to conserve his energy for when he really needs it.

“Thursday can come around - especially this tournament - and you can be a little bit burnt out,” he said.

“I think people realised that when Thursday came around and they had had three or four sets of 18 holes they had already played a tournament before the tournament started.

“So physically you can get worn out, but mentally, more than anything, this is a really draining golf course.”

Westwood is yet to add a major title to his CV.