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Lee Westwood has cut a relaxed figure on the PGA Tour this season, which may have something to do with his excellent performance so far. Back-to-back finishes in second place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players have seen how the Englishman broke his duck at a big championship this week at The Masters

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

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

Jack Nicklaus was 46 years old when he won Augusta National with his son Jackie in his pocket in 1986

Westwood will turn 48 later this month, and while Curtis Strange believes the former world number 1 can do it, the two-time US Open champion has declared the mammoth task to triumph before this week

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

“Number one, the record shows it’s a difficult task. Can he do it? Sure he can do it

“He played so well on The Players last nine holes on Sunday when there was a lot of pressure and lots of difficult, demanding shots

“So physically it looks like he has the short game skills; it’s a challenging set of greens as we all know, but The Players are too, so that’s a good sign too

“Historically, the Masters champions have been rated one, two or three on the regulated greens. We know he can do that for sure

“It just comes down to believing in yourself and having a good week on the greens and a really good week on the greens

Strange was still on the PGA Tour when Westwood broke professional for the first time in 1995, and has closely watched his career over the past few decades

And the ESPN golf analyst admits that Westwood will have a lot of support from American customers this week should he be at odds

“Lee Westwood always looks good to me when he was young and played well and as he is now,” added Strange,

“Coming back after going under in the prime of his career was his biggest win because he played so badly for so long, much like Steve Stricker and Justin Rose – this is the hardest thing a player will ever do must

“To see him play, I sense here in the US that the majority of the people in The Players were looking for Lee Westwood

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

“I just sense that a lot of people voted for him, which was a good thing. He finished 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 thinks about The Masters and on. It’s fun to see a man 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