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Chris Wood motivated by chance to earn Masters spot at Malaysian Open this week

Last Updated: 21/03/13 10:29am

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Chris Wood: Looking to secure a second trip to Augusta National

Chris Wood: Looking to secure a second trip to Augusta National

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England's Chris Wood admits the lure of securing a place at next month's Masters will provide extra motivation for him at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Wood enjoyed a breakthrough success back in January as he won his first European Tour title at the Qatar Masters - courtesy of a memorable closing eagle - more than four years since turning professional.

The 25-year-old Bristolian has played relatively sparingly since then, although his success did earn him entry to the first two WGC events of the calendar in which he finished joint-33rd (Accenture Match Play) and 43rd (Cadillac Championship) respectively.

Wood admits his next target is to net a starting spot at Augusta and, in order to do so, will have to finish towards the very top of the leaderboard in Malaysia this week.

Having got of his first taste of playing at the Masters in 2010 following his Open heroics at Turnberry the year previously, the Englishman is determined to break into the top 50 of the world rankings to secure another visit to Magnolia Lane.

Top-five finish

"I need to finish in a certain position this week to sneak into the first major championship of the year, but I'm not sure exactly where. Around the top five I would imagine," Wood wrote on his personal blog.

"So that, obviously, is a big motivation for me over the next few days. Watching the action at Augusta on TV is always amazing, but also quite hard when you have been a part of it, as I was in 2010. Fingers crossed I'll get the right result this week."

However, Wood concedes he is not in peak physical condition ahead of the event in Kuala Lumpur having gone to defend his Thailand Open title in the oppressive heat of Pattaya last week.

"I came close to defending my Thailand Open title last week, eventually finishing fourth on 20 under par, four shots off the lead," he continued.

"Considering the delayed journey, heat, jet lag and the fact I had not played the course prior to the tournament getting under way, I was pleased with my efforts. This trip has taken a lot out of me."

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