Westwood hoping swing
changes will work
Lee Westwood is hoping to prove his
remodelled swing is getting into shape at this week's British Masters by at last
finding his game clicking into place and shooting four low rounds.
The reigning European number one made
the swing changes because he felt his game was not good enough to earn him a major
and, because he has played so little this year, he has struggled in the four events
he has entered.
Last week he missed the cut in Europe's
main tour event, the PGA Championship, and he languishes 147th on the rankings
he won last year for the first time.
But the 28-year-old Englishman has
seen signs of improvement in the last two days and is hopeful for an upturn in
form in a tournament this week which offers a 300,000 dollar first prize. Westwood
is playing after asking for a sponsor's invitation.
"I decided on Monday morning that I
could do with playing this week to try to find a bit of form," said Westwood on
"It wasn't really disappointing to
miss the cut last week, rather that it was the first cut I'd missed since 1999.
"I got off to an horrific start at
Wentworth, and bogeyed the first four holes when I could have come out of them
one-under easily. It was going to be hard to make six birdies to stay in the tournament,
but I made three.
"My swing's not as good as I'd like
it but I have been working quite hard over the last couple of days and it seems
to be improving.
"It's just finding a key and waiting
for it to click.
"I just keep working on the basics,
the fundamentals, and it will gradually come back. It's getting better all the
"I did hit it better last week than
the two previous weeks, so I'm moving in the right direction and, if I keep hitting
this way, I'm quite capable of shooting four low scores."
This week Westwood will be up against
the man whose European number one title he took last year, Colin Montgomerie,
with Darren Clarke and Monday's PGA winner Andrew Oldcorn also in the field. Westwood
also plays with world 16th-ranked Dane Thomas Bjorn, who beat Tiger Woods in this
year's Dubai Desert Classic.
Last year's champion Gary Orr, though,
has had to withdraw with a stomach illness.
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