Westwood flew straight from Georgia after finishing seventh in the Masters at the weekend, and posted a first round score of -7 to finish Day 1 at the top of the leaderboard.
The 100-cap New Zealand fly-half admitted that Wilkinson set new standards on and off the pitch, paying tribute to the England World Cup winner who is set to retire in the summer after 17 years in the professional game.
The duo clash at Manchester's Phones 4U arena on July 26, with the prize for the winner a world-title shot at Wladimir Klitschko.
Alonso also warned F1's most famous marque are likely to remain uncompetitive until at least the second half of the 2014 campaign.
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