Lee Westwood has hit back at his doubters and has talked up his chances of finally winning his first Major at this year's Open Championship at Muirfield.

After missing the cut the last time the Scottish venue hosted the tournament in 2002, the 40-year-old is hoping that the weather can assist his chances this time around when the tournament starts on Thursday.

He told The Sun: It’s the most gorgeous links course I’ve seen.

“And if the wind gets up to make it a proper test, it could be a memorable four days.”

The Nottinghamshire-born golfer did manage to finish second in The Open Championship at St. Andrews in 2010 to South African Louis Oosthuizen.

He will, however, be looking to make a vast improvement on last year's Championship at Royal Lytham, where he finished in tied 45th.

“After one look this time, I felt certain I’d have a good week," he said. "It seems a great fit for my game. In first practice I played lovely. I got a lot of birdies and I felt comfortable.

The former World number one also reacted to claims from some that he has missed his chance of becoming a Major winner.

“Listen, being 40 is no big deal. I’m in the best physical shape of my life.

“The last two winners, Darren Clarke and Ernie Els, were 42 years old.

“Maybe I’m still too young to win The Open!”

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