Lee Westwood hopes an improvement in his putting will put him in contention for The Open Championship at Muirfield later this month.

The world number 12 has been brushing up on his short game with the help of former champion Ian Baker-Finch, as he looks to convert three top-five finishes in the British tournament into his first ever major title.

"The best putter tends to win the Major," Westwood is quoted saying by the Daily Express. "I had an hour with Ian Baker-Finch last week and it was a bit of a light-bulb moment.

"It was more about feel than technique, gripping it more lightly and loosening everything up. It was good. It's a mental thing. 

"Ian was known as a wizard on the greens and you can still see now he is a terrific putter. We get on really well and even though he won't be at Muirfield, I will be texting him leading up to The Open."

Westwood sat out the French Open last weekend to recharge his batteries and focus all his attention on preparing for The Open - which is still a little over one week away - as he sets sights on that elusive Claret Jug.

"Muirfield is great," he added. "It is the fairest links test we play. The fairways and greens are immaculate, the rough is high in the right places and playable in the right places."

After moving to Florida last December, the 40-year-old returns to the United Kingdom to play in his first Open Championship as an Anglo-American. And, although he admits it feels a little strange to be arriving from across the pond, he hopes to take advantage of the home support and use it as an inspiration to play well at Muirfield.

"I feel like a visitor. It's weird. Hopefully though when I get out there at The Open the British crowds will get behind me like they have done for a long time and like they did at Wentworth."

 

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