Major still on Westwood's mind

06 February 2018 06:56:38 EST

Veteran Lee Westwood still retains his dream of securing a first-ever Major title, having come close of a number of occasions in the past.

The 44-year-old Englishman has finished inside the top ten of a Major no fewer than 18 times to date, the last of which came at the Masters in 2016, when he finished in a tie for second place behind compatriot Danny Willett.

I finished second two Masters ago, so I still feel like I've got a chance.

Lee Westwood

And that finish in particular continues to drive Westwood on to try and put the cherry on the top of his career as he approaches the latter stages of his professional days.

He told the official European Tour website: "I still feel fit and strong, I still hit it far enough to contend in tournaments, so there's no reason why (not).

"I'm not in the Masters yet, unfortunately, or the US Open, but I'm in the Open Championship and USPGA this year.

"I've been trying to get back in the top 50 of the world to get in the other two Major championships, because obviously if you're not in, you can't win them.

"I finished second two Masters ago, so I still feel like I've got a chance."

Westwood has twice finished T3 at the Open Championship, while in 2010 he ended as runner-up to Louis Oosthuizen at St Andrews, with the South African romping to a seven-shot victory.

He can be backed at 70/1 to lift the Claret Jug at Carnoustie this summer, with 2014 champion Rory McIlroy 16/1 and 2016 winner Henrik Stenson 28/1.

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