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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Westwood keeps cool
Lee Westwood
Westwood says he has re-discovered his confidence
Lee Westwood says he will not get carried away despite ending his title drought at the BMW Open in Munich.

The Englishman won by three strokes to take his first title since October 2000, ending a slump which had seen him drop from fourth in the world to 246th.

Westwood told the BBC Sport website he was delighted to win again, but insisted he was keeping his feet on the ground.

"Obviously it's very good to win - it's been a while coming," he said.

"I have battled away and it was good to get my reward.

"I have not really thought about my next goals, really.

"I know I can win a major, but at this stage, I don't even know if I will be playing in the majors next season."

Westwood is not playing in this week's European Masters in Switzerland - the first qualifying event for next year's Ryder Cup - but said he hoped to play a part.

"I am confident that I have a chance of qualifying for the team. I know it will be tough," he said.

"But it's too soon really to be speaking about the Ryder Cup, as it's such a long way off."

Westwood has attributed his remarkable return to form to the influence of coach David Leadbetter.

"David has made a big difference. So many people were trying to help that I got confused and didn't know where to turn," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"But David simplified everything and gave me feeling back in my swing so I could turn his ideas into reality and I've now been able to take it onto the golf course."

Lee's basic game is now better than ever
Westwood's manager Andrew Chandler

Westwood's manager Andrew "Chubby" Chandler certainly feels those three goals are well within reach - and he has even tipped Westwood and stable-mate Darren Clarke for a major.

"Lee won 24 tournaments in four years, so his ability to play under pressure has never been in question," he said.

"He's improved a lot over the last few months and his basic game is now better than ever. He's swinging better than when he won all those tournaments."

And Clarke's recent victory over the top players in the world in the WGC-NEC Invitational has convinced Chandler that both he and Westwood have reached a new level.

"I think Darren is in a better position than ever to win a major, and the same goes for Lee," he said.




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