WORKSOP duo Mark Foster and Lee Westwood are in action at the BMW PGA World Championship at Wentworth this weekend.
World number one Westwood teed off at 8.15am alongside Retief Goosen and Alvaro Quiros, and has parred the first four holes.
The 38-year-old brings some form into the tournament, with back-to-back wins in Asia, and a last-16 place in the World Matchplay Championship a week ago.
Westwood summed up his year so far ahead of his opening round today, saying: “I played okay the first couple of months of the year, but not really found much form on the greens, and historically I’ve not been too fast a starter in years gone by, so that didn’t worry me too much.”
“It was nice to get a couple of wins back-to-back, and start seeing a few 20-footers go in, and then played well again last week.”
Wentworth has attracted a top field this week, with all four reigning major champions in action, but Westwood lamented an American no-show.
“Well, this is obviously our showpiece event of the year. It attracts one of the best fields around a good golf course.”
“It would be nice to maybe see a few of the younger Americans come over and support the event.”
“It’s a big event, and you’ve got to look at the quality of the field, and I suppose that’s the only thing lacking this week are a few Americans.”
“It’s a massive tournament, isn’t it. Lots of money, it’s a prestigious title and there’s loads of world ranking points.”
Although much of the talk before the tournament has been about the in-form Luke Donald, currently number two in the world, Westwood conceded that being number one brings a lot of expectations.
“Obviously when you turn up to a tournament, and you’re the best player there, then there’s a certain added pressure to that,” he said.
“I suppose a slight responsibility in the back of your mind to put on a show and play well.”
“But the longer you are at number one, the easier it gets.”
Foster begins his opening round at 11.45am, with David Lynn and Bradley Dredge.
Speaking to the Guardian last week, the recently married Foster said: “I’ve always found (this event) frustrating, it’s never given me anything results wise so far.”
“But you look forward to going there because it’s such a good tournament,” he added.