Lee Westwood tells Special Report about his Masters aim

Last Updated: 23/04/13 12:21pm

Lee Westwood told Special Report he believes his move to America will boost his chances of winning this week's Masters.

The former world number one is still in search of his maiden major win but has come close twice in the past three years to breaking that duck at Augusta, finishing second in 2010 and tied-third in 2012.

Now, having moved to Miami to play on the PGA Tour, Westwood believes the tougher courses - and more favourable weather - are helping him improve on his weaknesses and fine tune his game for the sport's biggest events.

"If you're serious about winning major championships it is important to have a good lead up into those and there are a lot of big tournaments on the PGA Tour," he said, explaining his Stateside switch.

"The golf courses they play here are very difficult and similar to a major set-up. You need a sharp short game here and I'm becoming more comfortable with that.

"I'm approaching 40 and felt it was time for a new challenge. I fancied something different, a change of scenery and so far it's great."

Westwood is confident he can enjoy another good week at Augusta and believes he has a game suited to excelling on the tough Masters course.

"If you look at my results over the last couple of years I've come close a couple of times [at Augusta]," he said.

"It's the type of golf course that can jump up and bite you if you get complacent and if you don't stick to your game plan but I've found a way round it and as long as I stick to that I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be in there with a chance again.

"I'm playing as well as I've ever played at the moment and feel like I'm in good shape."

And, as for the pressure of delivering that elusive major win, Westwood says the only pressure he feels is from himself.

"I know how much I want to win a major championship, it's the number one priority," he said.

"But you can only do your best and try to improve all the time."

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