Westwood plots Birkdale approach

18 July 2017 07:29:42 EST

Lee Westwood is hoping to use all of his wealth of experience to engineer a challenge for glory in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The 44-year-old Englishman has finished in the top ten at a Major on no fewer than 18 occasions, without being able to land the big prize.

Hopefully I can think a bit more wisely and use a bit of cunning and guile on the golf course.

Lee Westwood

However, Westwood is not about to give up on his dream, having been tied for third or better three times at The Open in the last eight years.

He told reporters: "I'm still hitting the ball as good as I always have.

"I'm 44 and you think a little bit differently as you get older, but hopefully I can think a bit more wisely and use a bit of cunning and guile on the golf course.

"One of the times I've come close to winning was Turnberry and Tom Watson lost in a play-off at (the age of) 59. Last time it was held around here Greg Norman made a run at it at 53.

"The US Open course (Erin Hills) was a bomber's style course where they had a big advantage, but this course brings a lot more players into it.

"The Open Championship always does with the weather and the way the golf course plays. You have to think your way around it."

Westwood last claimed a tournament victory at the Indonesian Masters in 2015, while his last win on home soil came at the British Masters a decade ago.

He has been drawn with Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed for the first two rounds at Birkdale and is 11/5 to win their 1st round threeball.

Rahm is priced at 5/4, while Reed is available at 2/1.

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