Westwood relishing Masters tilt
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Lee Westwood has played down his recent run and insists previous experience is a better indicator of his Masters chances.
The Worksop ace has struggled for his best form so far this season, losing his world number one ranking in the process, but is in a positive mood heading into the first Major of the year, starting on Thursday.
Westwood has revealed he understands why Phil Mickelson, who has not won since his Masters' triumph 12 months ago, and Tiger Woods, without a win since November 2009, head the betting as they have won seven Green Jackets between them.
"It's the only major championship that is at the same place every year. If you've played it 10 times that's going to give you an edge," said Westwood.
"That's why you get repeat winners - you get the hang of it.
"I don't think the months leading up to the Masters tell us a lot."
Westwood of course enjoyed his best finish at the Masters with a 13-under-par total last year, which would have won the previous eight tournaments, but having led after 54 holes he was denied by a brilliant 67 from Mickelson.