Westwood feels in good shape for next week's Masters

Westwood feels in good shape for next week's Masters Image

Published: 11:00 03/04/2011

The 37-year-old Englishman has been paired with Phil Mickelson for the first two rounds of the Shell Houston Open but while Mickelson is currently tied for first at -13, Westwood has found it a much more challenging encounter at only 2 under tied for 57th place in his final warm up event before the Masters.

12 months ago Westwood was seperated from the green jacket by the very same Phil Mickelson however, both are yet to win an event this season on the PGA Tour. As well as the famed green jacket Westwood will have his eye on the World rankings. Currently World number 2, Westwood will move back to the top of the world rankings if he lands a top-two finish at next week's Masters at Augusta National.

Westwood had the following to say on his preparation for the first major of the 2011 PGA Tour

"I feel like I am playing well - my game's in good shape. All of it seems pretty sharp."

"This is generally the time of year I start playing fairly well and hitting a bit of form. It's a good time of year to start playing well."

"The main point here is that they try to get the greens as quick as possible so when you get to Augusta next week it's not as big a shock to see the speed of them. You've been prepared for them.

"It helped a lot last year (he came joint eighth in Houston). I like to be competitive going into the week of a major. That's the reason I play the schedule I play.

"If you look at all the major championships this year, I am playing the week before. If I go in after two weeks off I could be rusty, even for nine holes - and that's too much in a major."

Westwood's putting has been his biggest concern so far during this year's PGA Tour and had said he was planning a change for Shell Houston Open week however, some way off the pack you'd have to say the concern is still perhaps lingering.