Westwood admits major focus

Lee Westwood wants to improve every aspect of his game as he continues to search for his maiden major title.

The former world number one re-united with his former swing coach Sean Foley in June this year and the 22-time winner on the European Tour is confident that Foley’s influence will help him to finally win one of golf’s blue riband events.

The 40-year-old has finished in the top 10 at a major on 16 occasions, eight of which were a top three placings, and admitted to Reuters on Wednesday that winning one the four feature tournaments is his primary objective in the coming years.

“Winning a major is probably the pinnacle of everybody’s career,” Westwood said during his preparation for this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, where he is a 25/1 favourite with Paddy Power to lift the trophy.

“My focus heading into next year will be to just work on everything really, just try and improve every aspect of my game. That’s what you’ve got to plan on doing, keep doing.

“My swing hasn’t been in sync all of this year, really and I’ve sort of been fumbling my way around the golf course. It’s something I’m going to work on over the winter.

“It feels pretty comfortable working with him,” Westwood said of his work with Foley.

“When you look at what Sean has achieved with Tiger and Justin (Rose), you’ve got to say he is in the top drawer as a coach. He obviously knows his stuff.

“After so long without a coach I felt I was getting a little bit out of synch.

“The idea of linking up with Sean was to get back to swinging the way I used to.

“Every time I had heard him talk about the swing and also when I spoke to him, I liked what he said, so … if you like the way a coach teaches, that’s a massive part of the battle.”

With several of the world’s best players taking part in California this week, Westwood will have his work cut out to win his first tournament of the year. Check out the the latest betting odds with Paddy Power and back the Englishman or any of the other favourites, like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Graeme McDowell.