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Lee Westwood looks to avoid Woods-Garcia controversy

Westwood on good form at his Wentworth press conference. (©GettyImages)
Westwood on good form at his Wentworth press conference. (©GettyImages).

Lee Westwood has attempted to play down the golfing feud between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia ahead of this week's BMW-PGA golf championship at Wentworth.

The Englishman is back on home soil for the first time in months after moving to America to play on the USPGA Tour, and was eager to talk-up his much improved short game.

However, the former world number one was pushed for his views on the biggest rivalry in golf, with Garcia hitting the headlines last night when saying he'd have Woods round for dinner every night for fried chicken during the US Open.

The Spaniard apologised for his remark and insisted that there was no racial element to the comment. Westwood doesn't think Woods will be bothered either way.

"I don't think he'll (Woods) be bothered. It's just an awkward situation where obviously they just don't get on," he told a packed press conference at Wentworth.

"It's not my business. Fortunately I get on well with both of them."

Garcia is one of the main attractions at Wentworth, with all 12 members of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team taking part.

It's a rare highlight on the European Tour calendar as American money draws more players across the Atlantic, and Westwood believes the competition should be built upon in an effort to entice more US stars to these shores.

"This is among the top ten events in the world for me, which is why I want to play it," he added.

"I think the European Tour has to match-up with the US PGA tour rather than fight it. They need to work with them if they want to get the top players over, and build around tournaments like Wentworth and the Open."

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Tiger Woods
Lee Westwood
Sergio Garcia
Golf

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