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Lee Westwood has made a relaxed figure on the PGA Tour this season and it may well have something to do with his excellent performances so far Back-to-back second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and players have seen the Englishman bent over to finally break his duck during a major championship this week at the Masters

He holds the undesirable record of most top three in a major – nine – without winning one, but Westwood has traditionally played well at Augusta

If he donned the green jacket on Sunday, Westwood would rewrite the history books to become the oldest player in Masters history to win the famous event

Jack Nicklaus was 46 when he won at Augusta National in 1986, with his son Jackie on his bag

Westwood turns 48 later this month, and while Curtis Strange believes the former World No.1 can do it, the two-time US Open champion has explained the mammoth task he has to accomplish. this week

“I think you just have to look at the record of Masters winners or big winners or winners in general,” he told Express Sport

“Number one, the track record shows it’s a tough job Can he do it? Sure he can do it

“He played so well the last nine holes on Sunday at The Players when there is a lot of pressure and a lot of tough and demanding shots

“So physically it looks like he has the Quick Play skills; it’s a demanding set of greens as we all know, but the players were too, so that’s a good sign too

“Historically, Masters champions have been [ranked] one, two or three in regulation greens We know he can certainly do it

“It’s just about believing in yourself and having a great week on the greens and a great week on the greens

Strange was still on the PGA Tour when Westwood made his professional debut in 1995 and has watched his career closely over the past several decades.

And ESPN golf analyst admits Westwood will have huge backing from U.S. patrons this week if he is in contention

“Lee Westwood for me, when he was young and playing well and how he is now, still looks good on me,” added Strange

“Coming back after failing in his prime was his biggest victory because coming back from playing so badly for so long, just like Steve Stricker and Justin Rose – that’s the hardest thing ever. ‘a player never has to do

“To watch him play, I sense here in the US that the majority of people supported Lee Westwood in The Players

“Bryson is a great watch – I love watching it play – but Lee is 47, has been around for a long time and is well known to the American public

“I just feel a lot of people cheering on him which was a good thing He was second but played a great tournament

“Some of these players talk about winning all the time, but you just don’t win all the time

“I hope he keeps moving forward for The Masters and forward It’s fun to see a guy at this age, I don’t care where he’s from, play well”

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Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/golf/1420439/The-Masters-2021-Lee-Westwood-odds-Curtis-Strange-Augusta