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My laid-back style can help me build on solid Portrush result: Westwood


Good week: Lee Westwood was joint fourth at The Open
Good week: Lee Westwood was joint fourth at The Open

By Phil Casey

Lee Westwood hopes his relaxed approach will lead to a 25th European Tour title in the D+D Real Czech Masters in Prague.

Westwood has played just 12 times so far in 2019, partly through choice and partly due to failing to qualify for the Masters and US Open, but travels to the Albatross Golf Resort on the back of his best result of the season after finishing joint fourth in The Open.

The 46-year-old has not played competitively since but is optimistic about his chances after finishing ninth at the same venue in 2017.

"I played well at Royal Portrush and then I've had three weeks off," Westwood said. "I've been to Portugal for a couple of weeks for a holiday with my fiancée and family and I'm looking forward to getting going again.

"It's nice to be playing again after such a good performance at The Open.

"The way I approach tournaments now has changed. I take it less seriously but I still try my hardest. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen, you can only try your best.

"The last thing I want to do is turn up and not want to be there. I want to be keen to play at every tournament, I'm 46 now so it means I can't play as many. I enjoy it a lot more."

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Speaking about the venue, Westwood added: "It's a good golf course. It's pretty straightforward, the course has been designed well and shows you where you need to hit it and then it's up to the individual to execute it.

"There's a lot of water out there, there's a lot of risk and reward if you want to take it on. It should set up well and I'm looking forward to it."

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington is also in the field and looking to go one better than last year when he finished runner-up to Italy's Andrea Pavan.

"It was very tight last year, there was a great ebb and flow to that final round," Harrington said.

"It was exciting, the golf was good, it was low scoring so there were birdies as well. There was plenty of drama."

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