GOLFER Lee Westwood said he hoped being made an OBE would help spur him on to win his first major tournament this year.
The 38-year-old, of Worksop, who was world number one for a five-week spell last year, said he had his eyes set on the US Masters in April.
Lee, who visited Buckingham Palace to be invested yesterday, said: “I think this year could be it. I’m certainly playing well enough and getting my game together.
“I’ve been working hard and putting in a lot of preparation, so hopefully all that will click into place.”
Westwood, who has just returned from three weeks of tournaments in the Middle East and is about to travel to the U.S., said: “The Queen spoke to me about travelling, where I’ve been recently and where I’m going. I’m sure I don’t do as much travelling as she does though.
“I’ve played golf with Prince Andrew before, so perhaps the Queen has an interest - I would have preferred to speak to her about horse racing though, but I didn’t have the chance.”
He said of the honour: “It’s amazing really. I can’t quite believe it.
“You don’t imagine, when you start playing the sport you love, that you will end up receiving an award for it.”