Westwood says injured Woods wouldn’t have won the Masters

ENGLAND’S Lee Westwood does not believe Tiger Woods’ absence from the Masters will be a boost to the field, doubting whether the world No1 would have won in Augusta anyway.

Woods will miss the chance to end a six-year wait to win a major following back surgery.

But Westwood, buoyed by his good form after carding three-under par rounds in last week’s Shell Houston Open, feels Woods was unlikely to prove the biggest threat to his own quest for a maiden green jacket.

“He’s never worried me,” said Westwood, who has twice finished in the top three at Augusta in the past four years.

“It will be interesting he’s not playing, but then there are so many other good players who can win.

“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.

“I’m hitting the ball very well at the moment and that’s important going into any Major.”