Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Westwood optimistic ahead of Hazeltine

Lee Westwood will begin his quest for US PGA Championship success on a wave of momentum and confidence rather than disappointment following his Open Championship near-miss.

Westwood missed out on a play-off for the Claret Jug with Tom Watson and Stewart Cink by just one stroke at Turnberry last month as he settled for a tie for third place.

The Englishman, currently ranked 13th in the world, returned to action last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and made it four top-10 finishes in a row with a final-round 65. That earned him ninth place at Firestone Country Club and gave him the perfect boost heading to Hazeltine National this week.

“It's very important,” said Westwood. “I hit it pretty good, very good tee-to-green most of the week.

“I didn't make enough putts the second and third days. I had loads of chances, and then just rolled a couple of 10 and 15-footers in the last day and that has given me impetus and momentum coming into this week.”

With the US PGA following hot on the heels of Turnberry, Westwood said he was grateful to be competing at a major again so soon after his Open finish.

“There's a lot of big tournaments this time of year that I can use the confidence again from the Open Championship to go into,” he added.

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