Westwood Again Looks To The Majors

After returning to World No. 1 Lee Westwood tees up in ths week’s Ballantine’s Championship in Korea looking to become a Major Champion.

Lee Westwood in upbeat mood ahead of Ballantine's Championship. (Pic - Thanks to Ballantine's Championship).

Westwood heads an impressive field teeing up in Seoul with the likes of Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez and the Korean heavyweight pair of Y E Yang and K J Choi.

But after capturing the last week’s inaugural Indonesian Masters in Jakarta, Westwood is naturally upbeat about his chances this week in the former Olympic Games host city.

“I have great expectations this week as I played well last week in Indonesia as my confidence is high so I’m looking forward to the week,” said Westwood.

It is the first time the reigning World No. 1 has competed on Korean soil and Westwood is very conscious of the responsibilities that goes with the position.

“I didn’t realise the World No.1 had never competed in Korea before, so it’s an honour for me to bring the title of World No.1 to Korea,” he said.

“Obviously, with being No.1 there is a lot more responsibility as you have a lot more things to do, media commitments and things like that.

“People want a lot more of your time, so it becomes a bit difficult to cram everything in and leave time for practising golf and doing what got you to where you are. That’s the toughest part of it.”

However while Westwood is pleased to regain the World No. 1 ranking his burning goal remains a first Major.

He’ll get a next chance on June 16th when he tees-up in the U.S. Open at Congressional in Maryland.

Ballantine's Championship stars gather around the gleaming trophy. (Pic - Thanks to Ballantine's Championship)

“It’s nice to be World No. 1 but I haven’t won a Major yet, and hope to do so soon,” he said.

“All you can do when trying to win those is keep practising and doing what you believe is the right thing that is going to improve you.

“I’ve had a lot of good chances recently to win Majors but it just hasn’t happened. The world rankings, on the other hand, are all about consistency and playing well week in and week out, which I tend to do.”

Also in this week’s Ballantine’s field is big-hitting American Dustin Johnson and Jin Jeong, the reigning British Amateur champion who turned pro straight after the Masters.

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