Westwood in contention at Wentworth

Westwood in contention at Wentworth

Lee Westwood admits it will be ironic if his first victory since moving to Florida comes in England tomorrow, where the world number 12 could win his maiden BMW PGA Championship at the 20th attempt.

Westwood goes into the final round one shot behind Spain’s Alejandro Canizares after a 67 gave him an eight-under-par total of 208 at a gloriously sunny Wentworth.

Canizares birdied the final two holes to complete a 68 as he seeks a second European Tour title in his first event since pulling out of the Volvo China Open at the start of the month after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

“I’m still far from holding the trophy but it would be ironic,” said Westwood, who has credited the vast improvement in his short game to moving to the United States in December last year.

“It would be great and I am after as many wins as I can get, but it’s a crowded leaderboard and I will have to play as well if not better than I did today.

“I felt much more in tune with my swing and had a lot better distance and direction control with my irons and set up a lot of chances. It was one of the most fun days I have ever had on a golf course.

“It was good to see a lot more smiling faces and a lot more people prepared to take their hands out of their pockets and applaLee Westwood admits it will be ironic if his first victory since moving to Florida comes in England tomorrow, where the world number 12 could win his maiden BMW PGA Championship at the 20th attempt.

Westwood goes into the final round one shot behind Spain’s Alejandro Canizares after a 67 gave him an eight-under-par total of 208 at a gloriously sunny Wentworth.

Canizares birdied the final two holes to complete a 68 as he seeks a second European Tour title in his first event since pulling out of the Volvo China Open at the start of the month after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

“I’m still far from holding the trophy but it would be ironic,” said Westwood, who has credited the vast improvement in his short game to moving to the United States in December last year.

“It would be great and I am after as many wins as I can get, but it’s a crowded leaderboard and I will have to play as well if not better than I did today.

“I felt much more in tune with my swing and had a lot better distance and direction control with my irons and set up a lot of chances. It was one of the most fun days I have ever had on a golf course.

“It was good to see a lot more smiling faces and a lot more people prepared to take their hands out of their pockets and applaud. I also get great support here but even more so today.”

Westwood has finished twice in this event before – to Colin Montgomerie in 2000 and in a play-off with Luke Donald in 2011 – but also won the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in 2000.

Asked if a win tomorrow would be the biggest of his career, the 40-year-old added: “It would be right up there, probably in the top three. Dubai (in 2009) was probably the biggest because that was to win the money list as well, while in 1997 I went down to Australia and beat Greg Norman for the Australian Open in a play-off and I rate that highly. I also get great support here but even more so today.”

Westwood has finished twice in this event before – to Colin Montgomerie in 2000 and in a play-off with Luke Donald in 2011 – but also won the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in 2000.

Asked if a win tomorrow would be the biggest of his career, the 40-year-old added: “It would be right up there, probably in the top three. Dubai (in 2009) was probably the biggest because that was to win the money list as well, while in 1997 I went down to Australia and beat Greg Norman for the Australian Open in a play-off and I rate that highly.”

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