Westwood to secure Ryder Cup place

Lee Westwood is aiming for automatic qualification to Europe’s Ryder Cup squad.

While the Englishman is holding up 14th position on the European Points ladder, he believes he will peak at the right time to secure a place.

The top four players from the European Points list will make the grade for Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup team, with five leading players and three captain’s picks.

“The majors are what you try and peak for, they’re three good venues this year and hopefully I can get my game in shape for those,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m in pretty good shape now so ideally you’d like to peak at the start of the year and carry it on all the way through but certainly main focus for top players is the major championships.”

Westwood does seem to be peaking at the right time, with a few really solid results of late. A seventh at the Masters was followed up by a win at the Maybank Malaysian Open a week later.

“I was talking to Paul last week and he would like me to qualify automatically and that’s what I’m trying to do,” added the 41-year-old, who finished tied for 35th at the recent BMW PGA Championship.

“I’m starting to play well…I’m just on the edge of it. I need a couple of good results and I should seal my place but I don’t take anything for granted.”