European Tour

Westwood seeks first home win for eight years

2015-10-06 17:31
Lee Westwood (AFP)

London - Former world number one Lee Westwood will look to end an eight-year wait for a victory on home soil when he competes in the $4.55 million British Masters at Woburn this week.

The European Ryder Cup stalwart last won in England when the British Masters was played at The Belfry, just outside Birmingham, in 2007.

Westwood, who missed the third-round cut at last week's Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, is pleased the tournament is returning to the European Tour schedule after a seven-year hiatus.

"It's great to see the British Masters back ... because it's a very prestigious title to win," he told on Monday.

"Woburn's been a great venue for many years. I remember it being quite tight off the tee so, while it's quite short and therefore score-able, you've got to drive the ball well to go low there."

Outside of the British Open and the BMW PGA Championship, fans have had little top-notch golf to watch in England in recent years and Westwood believes they will flock to the venue that is situated 50 miles north of London.

"I'm sure we'll get some decent crowds supporting the British players," said the world number 44 who has amassed 23 European Tour wins in his career.

"British golfers have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years so it's great that we can stage another tournament in England to share that success with the fans."

The event starts on Thursday and is hosted by Woburn professional and world number 42 Ian Poulter.

The British Masters will be hosted by Westwood, who had two spells at the top of the world rankings in 2010 and 2011, and fellow Englishmen Justin Rose and Luke Donald in future years

Read more on:    european tour  |  lee westwood  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who will win the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.