Lee Westwood buoyed by form ahead of BMW PGA Championship
By Ali Stafford at Wentworth
Last Updated: 25/05/16 2:13pm
Lee Westwood feels confidence has returned to his game as he looks to continue his upturn in form at this week's BMW PGA Championship.
The 43-year-old followed his joint runner-up finish at the Masters in April by ending last week's Irish Open tied-10th, increasing his chances of a 10th consecutive appearance in Europe's Ryder Cup side this autumn.
Westwood currently lies just outside of the qualifying places ahead of a busy summer schedule, but feels his level of performance is heading back in the right direction.
Speaking ahead of his 23rd consecutive appearance in the BMW PGA Championship, Westwood told a pre-tournament press conference: "I'm a lot happier with my game than I have been for quite some time.
"I started working with Pete Cowen again at Houston and it had a pretty immediate effect. We just did a couple of hours there and then an hour at the Masters and I think that showed at Augusta. I started hitting the ball a lot straighter and iron shots were a lot better.
"I did a bit of work with Bob Rotella on the putting green at Augusta, as well. He seemed to free me up a little bit and rolled a few more putts in there.
"I just feel a lot more aggressive but a lot more calm on the greens, and my short game's good, as well. So there's no reason why I shouldn't be playing well and scoring well this week, really."
The former world No 1 tees off alongside Soren Kjeldsen and recent back-to-back European Tour winner Jeunghun Wang for the opening two rounds, while Masters champion Danny Willett sits in the group before with Soomin Lee and Victor Dubuisson.
Matthew Fitzpatrick is another of the afternoon starters on his Wentworth debut, featuring alongside former Ryder Cup winners Graeme McDowell and Stephen Gallacher.
The British Masters champion has missed the cut in his last three starts since his tied-seventh finish at last month's Masters, with Fitzpatrick making an early exit at the K Club last week.
Fitzpatrick currently lies in an automatic qualification place for Europe's Ryder Cup squad, but is not getting carried away about the possibility of featuring in Darren Clarke's side.
"It's not something I'm solely focussing on," Fitzpatrick told a press conference on Tuesday. "I'm just trying to focus on each week as it comes, and I'm just going to try and play as well as I can and get as many World Ranking points.
"Being here and being around the place, you know that it's going to be a big event. Everyone speak so highly about this event.
"I'm hoping to have a good week and just hope, again, that my game peaks at the right time."
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