The Masters: No time like the present for Westwood to break major duck

Lindrick Golf Club, A57, Worksop.'Lee Westwood Golf Academy.
Lindrick Golf Club, A57, Worksop.'Lee Westwood Golf Academy.

There’s no better time for Lee Westwood to break his major duck than this weekend at Augusta.

Lee Westwood returns the scene of some of his most memorable near misses, as confident as ever that he can land the coveted green jacket of the Masters champion.

Speaking to The Sun, the Worksop golfer said that time might be against him, but he still believes a major is within his grasp.

“I always come to Augusta full of confidence these days because I have adapted to the demands it places on you,” he said.

“I believe I can win here.”

“I may not have that many chances left, so there’s no time like the present.”

The 41-year-old, who will be joined this week by parents John and Trish, has finished in the top three an incredible eight times in majors, without topping the leaderboard.

At the Masters he led after 54 holes in 2010 before being overtaken by a Phil Mickelson in unbeatable form.

In the past five years Westwood has finished second, third, seventh, eighth and 11th at Augusta.

The Palm Beach Gardens resident doesn’t take his best form into the 2015 Masters, failing to make the cut at last week’s Shell Houston Open, but he’s unfazed, instead putting trust in his past experience in the year’s first major.

“Normally form is also a huge factor in determining a golfer’s chances - but not at the Masters.”

“You can chuck the form book out the window and concentrate on what they’ve done at Augusta in the past.”

“I’m not looking for excuses for my own form.”

“Before last week it was solid, but not spectacular. But this week, experience counts for more than your last few results elsewhere.”

And he’s relishing a return to a course he says is unique in world golf.

“This place in unique, you have to learn how to play this course because it really is like no other,” he said.

“The first thing you have to do is to get over the feeling of being awestruck, by the magnificence and the traditions of Augusta.”

“That can take a couple of years. And then mastering these greens and the subtleties of the course then becomes the big challenge - maybe that’s why they call it The Masters.”