Westwood sees great chance
No Tiger Woods, no Phil Mickelson. Surely then no better opportunity for Lee Westwood to win his first World Golf Championships title.
Except for one thing. In nine previous attempts in the Accenture Match Play he has never made it beyond the second round, let alone all the way to a title now worth nearly £900,000.
So poor is Westwood's record that when five-year-old daughter Poppy asked on Sunday when he would be back home from Tucson, Arizona, he had to laugh.
“Historically Thursday, optimistically Monday,” he said, adding that both Poppy and eight-year-old son Sam then looked at him “quizzically.”
Never before, though, has Westwood been the second seed.
He has been lifted to that lofty perch not only by his own stellar form, but also by Woods staying out of sight of the world since his private life went into meltdown at the end of November and then Mickelson deciding he was not going to play this week either.
“I think it's worth being here because obviously it's a prestigious title, there's plenty of world ranking points and we don't get to play much match play,” he said.