Westwood not expecting two horse race

Lee Westwood (22/1 Masters outright) has played down talk that this year’s Masters will be a two horse race, saying he believes it’s one of the most open major championships in recent years.

Many of the reports in the build-up to the tournament have concentrated on a possible showdown between current world number one Rory McIlroy and the resurgent Tiger Woods (5/1 favourite Masters outright) who appears to have rediscovered his form in recent weeks.

However, Westwood, who is yet to claim his maiden major title, believes it will be a lot more open and has even tipped himself as a possible winner after finishing second at Augusta in 2010.

The 38-year-old partners former Masters champion Vijay Singh and 2003 US Open winner Jim Furyk in the first two rounds of the event and says that despite what the media have been reporting, it will not be a two horse race and that there are plenty of players with the potential to win on Sunday.

“Rory has never won here, Tiger’s not won here since 2005,” the Englishman told reporters. “I think everybody in this room would have to be naive to think it was a two-horse race, wouldn’t they?

“I think Phil (Mickelson) might have a little bit of something to say about that. Luke (Donald) might. I might.”


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