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Lee Westwood seeking a birthday victory
April 21, 2011

World number two Lee Westwood will have to overcome jetlag and putting problems if he is to mark his 38th birthday on Sunday with the Indonesian Masters title.

The Englishman is the standout name at the $750,000 Asian Tour event and is favourite to win his first title since he claimed the U.S. PGA Tour St Jude Classic in June.

“It will be nice to win because my birthday is on Sunday but it will be difficult as there are a lot of strong players out here in Asia and you have to play well to win,” Westwood told reporters at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club on Wednesday.

Westwood, who held the number one ranking for 17 weeks until he was displaced by Germany’s Martin Kaymer in February, is aware that he needs to improve his game on the greens if he is to win in Indonesia.

“I’ve been playing okay but I didn’t have many great results. I played well in the Masters but didn’t putt very well,” Westwood said of his tied 11th place finish at the year’s first major at Augusta earlier this month.

“I had other few decent results but nothing too spectacular. I’m looking to have that one week where everything comes together.”

The Englishman will head to South Korea next week for the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour’s Ballentine’s Championship.

“I like to play all over the world and consider myself a global player. I’m playing in Korea next week so it is good to start my Asian campaign this week,” he said.

“I only got back from Orlando on Friday afternoon and I’ve been struggling with the 11-hour time change but I seem to have recovered from it.”

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