Tournament host Lee Westwood says he will be doing everything he can to come out on top at the British Masters, which gets underway at Close House on Thursday.
Close House is the home of the world’s only two Westwood golf courses and he will be hoping to use his extensive knowledge of the venue to add a second British Masters title to his collection.
The 44-year-old is enduring a barren run on the title front, having last tasted success at the 2015 Indonesian Masters while his last European Tour win was at the 2014 Malaysian Open.
However, the Worksop-born star, who currently sits 62nd in the world rankings, has been getting back to his best in 2017 and has recorded four top-10 finishes.
A tie for third at the KLM Open last time out has helped to lift the 23-time European Tour winner’s confidence and he admits winning on home soil would be fantastic. “It would be nice if I won,” Westwood told Sky Sports.
“I’m playing well, I shall be trying hard but so will everybody else. It will be a tough tournament to win and whoever wins it will have played great.”
Westwood is priced at 23.00 to win the British Masters but will have to put in a stellar performance due to the high-class field that has been confirmed for the event.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia is a 10.00 chance whilst Northern Ireland’s four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who has been struggling for form this season, is the 9.00 favourite.
Defending champion Alex Noren is priced at 15.00 while Ireland’s Shane Lowry and England’s Ian Poulter are both 26.00 shots.