Westwood in contention thanks to blast from the past

Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:53am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Two missed cuts and a poor Ryder Cup show prompted Lee Westwood to seek solace from some vintage displays captured on film and the blast from the past worked a treat at the British Masters on Thursday.

Buoyed by a birdie three at his first hole, the par-four 10th, the former world number one shrugged off the wintry weather at The Grove to surge through the field with a four-under-par 67 in the opening round.

"I've been working on a couple of things on my swing, trying to get a swing thought, looking back at old videos when I played well and got in good positions," Westwood told reporters on the outskirts of London.

"I managed to implement that today. That's what golfers do, they try to remember what they did when they played well and if they have any video on it... try to remember what they were working on."

Westwood missed the cut at the Italian Open in the middle of September and at last week's Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

In between, the 43-year-old Englishman was unable to reward captain Darren Clarke for giving him a wildcard pick at the Ryder Cup, failing to win a point in three matches as Europe lost 17-11 to the United States in Minnesota.

Westwood believes he let down his good friend Clarke "a little bit" at Hazeltine National.

"I was a captain's pick and would have liked to have performed well for him," he explained.   Continued...

Britain Golf - British Masters - The Grove, Hertfordshire - 13/10/16
England's Lee Westwood in action during the first round
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