Lee Westwood is in confident mood as he prepares for this week's Masters at Augusta National.
The former world number one is currently 37th in the world rankings but Westwood, who spent 22 weeks as world number one, believes that he is returning to the top of his game again.
Westwood overtook Tiger Woods at the end of October 2010 in the rankings to become number one before losing the spot to Luke Donald at the end of May 2011.
He has since slid down the rankings and failed to win a tournament in 2013, notably finishing third in the Open Championship at Muirfield after holding a two-shot lead going into the final round.
"My game is really good and Thursday's round was definitely the best I have played tee to green in two years," Westwood told reporters. "I'm just pleased to be starting to hit the ball good again because I have been struggling for about a year to a year and a half now.
"I'm hitting the ball very well at the moment and that's important going into any major."
Westwood split from his coach Sean Foley, who works with the likes of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, at the end of last year after just seven months together. He is now working with his new coach Mike Walker and his old caddie Billy Foster.
He finished a respectable 17th in last week's Houston Open as he finishes his preparations for Augusta where he has a decent record. In the past four years Westwood has finished second, 11th, third and eighth.
Westwood admits that he enjoys Augusta and is looking forward to playing there once again.
"I first went there in 1997 so I know the course very well," he added. "I'm excited to be going back.
"It's nice that it has come around again because it is such a long time since the US PGA Championship, and the fact there are only four majors a year.
"I feel when I do drive up to the front gates I know the place very well and it's a golf course where I can walk onto the first tee feeling comfortable with where I am. That's shown in my results in recent years."
Day one of practice rounds was cancelled on Monday due to bad weather. However, Westwood's routines means his preparations weren't disrupted.
"I've being doing that the past few years, not arriving until Tuesday as you can get too wrapped up in all that is going on that week," said Westwood. "You have to pace yourself."
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