Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pressure on Westwood to end the drought

Lee Westwood will be sure to be hurting a bit after being knocked from his number one spot in the rankings by Martin Kaymer. The Englishman will have the perfect opportunity to reclaim the top spot when he lines up at Augusta next month in the US Masters. There will be a number of demons that Westwood will need to banish when he tees off at the first major of the year. Last year saw Westwood leading by one shot heading into the final round, only for Phil Mickelson to produce a remarkable last round and finish three-shots ahead of the Englishman to win his third Masters.

Last year's performance was something of a surprise showing from Westwood in a tournament where he has previously struggled. Before his runner-up finish Westwood's previous best showing at Augusta had been over a decade ago in 1999 when he tied for sixth. Last year's performance will certainly ensure the 37-year old goes into the major as one of a number of players fancied to challenge for the green jacket and the Masters Golf odds reflect this.

Westwood will be fully aware that he is heading into the second half of his career and still that first major eludes him. The Worksop born player will desperately try and avoid having the tag of one of the best players to never win a major. After 12 months that has seen him shoot up the rankings, Westwood will need to strike now while he's in the best form of his career or he could be in danger of finding that major forever beyond his grasp.

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