Westwood ready Lytham test
Article posted: 17 July 2012
Lytham is one of the best courses on the Open roster and with it being in England as well I am really looking forward to it
Lee Westwood enjoyed "one of the best Open Championship practices I ever had" on Monday and is confident he can continue his recent form at major championships at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The world number three, who has recorded top-ten finishes in four of the last five majors, including a tied third at this year’s Masters and tied tenth at the US Open, has been paired with Bubba Watson and Yoshinori Fujimoto for the first two rounds.
He is optimistic ahead of the third major of the year.
"I had a decent chance at the Masters and was in contention again at the US Open a few weeks ago, so I am feeling very confident going to Lytham," said Westwood. "My form has been really good in the majors recently.
"I look forward to every major I play in and I seem to be contending in all of them, other than maybe the Open last year at Royal St Georges. I look forward to every tournament I play in, but particularly the majors. If you are playing well, you do."
The Olympic Games in London get under way later this month and Westwood hopes to play his part in making it a memorable summer for British sports fans.
"Lytham is one of the best courses on the Open roster and with it being in England as well I am really looking forward to it," he said. "It’s a big sporting summer for us in Britain and maybe we can get a roll going.
"This is the biggest championship in the world for me."
Westwood was asked about his preparations ahead of the tournament, which gets under way on Thursday.
"The preparations have gone well," he said. "My game is in good shape. I played the golf course [on Monday] night, which was a genius move because it was nice weather and there was hardly anybody out there. It was one of the best Open Championship practices I ever had.
"There are penalties for missing fairways, but the fairways and greens are immaculate. Hopefully it dries out a bit. But this is an English Open; you can't hope for too much. It's going to be a tough test, as Lytham is."