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Willett, Westwood and Fitzpatrick to tee off at the Masters

Sheffield's Danny Willet and Matthew Fitzpatrick and Worksop's Lee Westwood are to tee off in the first round of the prestigious Masters tournament in the USA today.

Willett, Westwood and Fitzpatrick will play in the first major of the year Credit: PA

Westwood is the first to tee off with Tom Watson and Charley Hoffman at 2:15pm.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is taking part in his first Masters tournament as a professional, tees off at 4:38pm with Darren Clarke and Billy Horschel.

Danny Willett is part of one of the final groups to begin at 6:39pm along with Sergio Garcia and Ryan Moore.


Worksop's Westwood beaten in Ryder Cup fourballs

Worksop golfer Lee Westwood has lost his fourballs match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Losing out: Lee Westwood (right) alongside Jamie Donaldson lost their fourballs match today Credit: Press Association

The pair were beaten 4&3 by USA pair Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Team Europe currently lead 6½ to 5½ over USA at Gleneagles ahead of this afternoon's foursomes session, where Westwood and Donaldson will pair up again this Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Westwood prepares for ninth Ryder Cup

He's Europe's most decorated golfer and Worksop's Lee Westwood is preparing for what is arguably the sport's biggest event. The Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles. It will be Lee's ninth appearance.

Lee Westwood: "I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good."

Lee Westwood bounced back from his third-round blip to win the Maybank Malaysian Open by seven strokes after a storm-delayed final round. Speaking to he said:

"It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good."

– Lee Westwood

When asked if he is approaching his best form, the 40-year-old added: "It's _got the potential, although now I feel like I've got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in. It makes a hell of a difference if you can get up-and-down if you miss a few greens and keeps the momentum going."_


Westwood drops coach after rankings slide

Former world number one Lee Westwood has split from coach Sean Foley as he looks to arrest his alarming slide down the rankings.

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Westwood began working with Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, shortly before the Open Championship last summer and finished third at Muirfield after taking a two-shot lead into the final round.

However, the 40-year-old Englishman recorded just one subsequent top-10 finish on the European Tour during the rest of a winless season and has started 2014 with a share of 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open and a missed cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Westwood spent a total of 22 weeks as world number one in two spells after succeeding Woods in October 2010, but is now ranked 33rd.

Speaking about ending his time with Foley, he told GolfWeek: "I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more. I didn't feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn't really fit what I wanted to do.

"I felt like I had the game that got me to world number one. And I was working on stuff that I didn't work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before."

Asked about finding a new coach, Westwood added: "I have things in the pipeline. Nobody has got any need to apply."

Westwood splits with coach

Lee Westwood Credit: Press Association

Lee Westwood has decided to split with long-time coach Pete Cowen in a bid to put the spark back into his game. There is also to be another change of caddie for the former world number one in the run-up to next month's Ryder Cup after he lost Billy Foster to a knee injury in May.

Westwood, who comes from Worksop, missed the halfway cut in the USPGA Championship on Friday and so has now gone 59 majors without winning one. He will be almost 40 when the next one is played in April.

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