Chubby predicts Westwood climb

Lee Westwood’s manager believes that 2014 will see him rise back to the top 10 of golf’s world rankings.

Chubby Chandler was delighted with Westwood’s performance at the Players Championship at Sawgrass last weekend, when he finished joint sixth.

And with a title already secured this year in Malaysia, Chandler says Westwood’s form will bring further rewards.

He said: “A first in Malaysia and a sixth at the weekend against arguably the year’s strongest field show all the indications that Lee can once again climb back to the top of the tree.”

“There were so many ranking points on offer in Florida that Lee moved several places and back up to number 26 in the world with his top 10 finish and I’m sure he’ll be a single-digit ranked player by the end of the summer, if not before.”

Chandler believes that the Players Championship is a reliable indicator of how a player is performing, and also highlighted the impact of Westwood’s new support network.

“There’s nothing quite like one of the toughest stages in the world to gauge where your game is in relation to all the others at the top end of the range,” he said.

“So I would imagine Lee Westwood woke up on Monday morning with at least a half-smile on his face after another testing week at Sawgrass for the Players Championship.”

“The difference in his play and on-course demeanour since he teamed up with coach Mike Walker and brought caddie Billy Foster back on to the bag has been significant. “

Westwood returns to the UK this week, ahead of next week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth in Surrey.