Westwood prepares for US Masters

Lee Westwood returns to action in the Shell Houston Open in Texas today, as he prepares for next week’s first major of the season.

The Worksop golfer has been gearing up for the US Masters at Augusta Georgia, and believes this is traditionally his time of the year.

“I feel like I’m playing well, my name is in good shape, all of it seems pretty sharp and I’m looking forward to this week and next week and this is generally the time of year I start to play fairly well and get in top form,” he said.

“It’s a good time of year to start playing well.”

The 37-year-old is playing alongside Phil Mickelson, the man who pipped him to the green jacket at the Masters last year, and Anthony Kim.

Westwood insisted that regardless of who was in action in Houston, it would be a tough tournament to win.

“You know, you have to play well no matter who is playing.”

“You see the variance of winners this year.”

“You got a lot of first time winners and new winners and it just shows the strength of golf at the moment.”

And while his intention this week is to secure a confidence-boosting win, the world number two golfer is eyeing a far greater prize, in a week’s time.

He said: “I like to be competitive going into the week of a major.”

“That’s the reason why I play the Shell Houston Open.”

“You look at the all the Major Championships, I’m playing the week before.”

“Like if I come into it, have another couple of weeks, I could be rusty for even nine holes and that’s too much in a major championship,” he added.

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