Westy not worried by stumbling start

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World No 1 Lee Westwood insisted he is not worried by his poor early-season form after missing his first cut in over a year.

World No 1 Lee Westwood has insisted that he is not unduly worried by his poor early-season form after missing his first cut in over a year on Friday.

The world No 1 struggled to a second-round 75 at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, and his four-over total was one too many to make it into the weekend.

The 39-year-old was also short of his best when he finished a lowly 64th in Abu Dhabi on his first appearance of the year two weeks ago.

But he is convinced that some work on the range will pay dividends at next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

“I just didn’t play very well and that’s why I needed to eagle the last to make the cut,” he said after his disappointing display in Doha.

“I put it all down to early season rust. But I’m going down to Dubai and I’ll get on to the practice range and try and get some kind of rhythm back in my game.”

Martin Kaymer survived the cut with nothing to spare in Qatar, and a top-two finish would be enough to take over from Westwood at the top of the world rankings.

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