Chandler backs Westwood for major title

January 03, 2015 14:52:44 UK

Lee Westwood is yet to secure a major title.

Chubby Chandler insists Lee Westwood can still be a major champion.

Retired golfer Chandler, who is the Managing Director of Westwood’s management company ISM, is convinced the 41-year-old can still get his hands on one of golf’s biggest prizes.

The former world number one has eight top-three finishes to his name in the major events but is yet to land a title.

“I’m a firm believer that when it’s your day, it’s your day,” Chandler told the Yorkshire Post.

“Lee played so well for so long, it’s hard to keep up that intensity. If you look at all the players at the top, there’s not many who haven’t endured dips in form; Tiger (Woods), Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia. It’s hard to preserve that intensity.”

Westwood finished second in The Open and The Masters Tournament in 2010 and he can be backed at 51.00 to win this year’s Open, or 61.00 to secure the 2015 US Masters title.

Westwood heads into 2015 as the world number 26, his lowest ranking for seven years, and Chandler feels he needs to make changes to both his schedule and his game if he is to land a major.

He added: “2014 was a frustrating year for Lee. I don’t quite know what happened. He lost a bit of focus in the middle of the year and being on the edge of the Ryder Cup gave him the kick up the backside he needed.

“He hits the ball a long way, he’s got his fitness under control, but there’s still those questions about his putting.

“He needs to work his schedule out; how much he plays over here, how much over there.”

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