Westwood hits 500-landmark

06 September 2017 17:12:37 EST

Lee Westwood will make his 500th European Tour appearance at the Omega European Masters this week and he is confident he can mark it with a strong showing.

The Englishman is a former world number one and has already racked up 23 wins on Tour, while he also brings good memories from last year's tournament in Switzerland with him.

Westwood was encouraged by the form he showed at the Czech Masters last week, where a final-round 68 earned him just his third top-10 finish of the year so far.

It would be the cherry on the cake to win this week and I did play well last week.

Lee Westwood

Westwood, champion at Cran-sur-Sierre 18 years ago, is delighted at his career longevity and attributes it to hard work.

"I've just enjoyed playing golf out here on the European Tour since the start," he said. "I've worked hard and I've often been the last to the range on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, and even on tournament days.

"I've been pretty successful, won a couple of money lists and 23 European Tour tournaments, 43 in total around the world in 19 different countries, playing in ten Ryder Cups and being in seven winning teams. It's been a pretty good 24 years."

Westwood carded 63 in his final round at the Omega European Masters a year ago and is looking forward to returning to a venue at which he feels comfortable with his game.

"This is a place where I've played well and obviously won in 1999, had a few top 10 as well, so it's always somewhere that I've enjoyed coming back to," he said.

"It would be the cherry on the cake to win this week and I did play well last week, so I'm starting to feel like a few of the old swing thoughts are coming back and I'm feeling more comfortable on the greens.

"I'm coming back to a course that I enjoy playing so I'm fairly confident this week that if I play well I might be in with a chance on Sunday."

Westwood is 28/1 to win the tournament, 11/1 to be the top GB & Ireland player and 9/4 to finish inside the top ten.

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