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Nedbank Golf Challenge: Lee Westwood eyes Sun City joy

Lee Westwood insists becoming world number one has not increased the pressure on him as he bids to become the first Englishman in 16 years to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The 37-year-old is amongst five European Ryder Cup-winning players that will take part in the event at Sun City this week.

Padraig Harrington is also in the field, and is joined by England's Ross Fisher, Italy's Edoardo Molinari and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez.

There is also a strong South African contingent on display — including three-time winner Ernie Els, Tim Clark, Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen, who won the The Open Championship at St Andrews earlier this year.

Westwood said: “Being the number one in the world comes as a consequence of playing well, so if you think playing well's going to create more pressure then you're probably doing the wrong job."

Westwood added: “I've had a decent year, it's been a little bit stop-start really, the second half of the year.

“But having said that, when I've played, since the Open, I played three stroke-play events, I finished 11th in the Dunhill, second in China and third last week in Dubai so I'm presently happy with the way things are going."

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are competing at Tiger Woods’ Chevron World Challenge in California.

Woods said: “As a golfer I learned so much more this year than any other year, and as a person infinitely more.

“It's been a very successful year even though it was a very painful year.”

Meanwhile, Paul McGinley has ended a 19-year management relationship with International Sports Management.

McGinley and ‘Chubby' Chandler met during the recent Singapore Open when the Dubliner indicated to the ISM chief that he was looking to manage his own off-course business affairs.

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