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Westwood says he'll be ready for Ryder Cup

England's Lee Westwood has insisted he will be ready to perform at the highest level when he makes his third Ryder Cup appearance next month, despite his worrying slump in form.

Last year's European number one, languishing 84th in the money-list, crashed out of last week's Dutch Open in a blaze of double-bogeys and bogeys.

But Westwood believes his problems are purely mental and is now expecting the tide to turn.

"All my game is geared to warming up for the Ryder Cup," said Westwood on Wednesday before starting the defence of the Scandinavian Masters title he won in Stockholm last year.

"It's not a tournament you want to go into playing particularly poorly. If you get there without your game, you're not going to find it at the Ryder Cup.

"If you put your game on a level of one to 10 and you get there only five, it will be dragged down to three by all the pressure on you.

"So you need to go there on a level of 10 if you can. That's what I'm working to."

Westwood, 28, admitted he needs to pull out of his dive in form quickly.

He agrees his season has never really got started because of taking a break at the start of it for the birth of his first child, making golf take a back seat.

"Taking a break was great because it enabled me to sit back and look at what I'd done over four years. But I also got into a comfort zone and it's been difficult to get focused this year," he said.

"My coach Pete sat me down on Sunday and explained that the difference between me playing well than at the moment is more mental than anything else, and finally I have to agree with him and what my manager Chubby (Andrew Chandler) has been telling me for a few weeks.

"When you're playing well and you make an early bogey you think you can get it back right away with a birdie but when you're not playing well you tend to think 'here we go again'. Every dropped shot hurts twice as much.

"I've been my own worst enemy.

"Now I've recognised all this, I have half a chance of turning things around. It's not going to work unless I want it to, though. I want it to."

Westwood has a chance to test his theories against a number of players trying to either consolidate their places in Sam Torrance's team -- Colin Montgomerie in eighth place and Phillip Price, ninth -- or move into the top 10 - Mathias Gronberg, Andrew Oldcorn, Ian Woosnam and Robert Karlsson.

Swede Niclas Fasth, who sealed his Cup place by finishing runner-up to David Duval in the British Open, was one of the top attractions in the pro-am, along with Jesper Parnevik.

The Ryder Cup captain is also playing in Sweden.

 


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