Lee Westwood hopes for ‘brilliance’ to defeat European challengers

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LEE Westwood has paid tribute to his fellow British big guns Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy ahead of the start of the BMW PGA Championship today, but he hopes their form doesn’t continue.

“To be perfectly honest and to be perfectly ruthless, I would rather I play brilliant and everybody else played crap,” the 39-year-old from Worksop said.

Whatever the outcome, this is a special time for European golf, with the world’s top three all belonging to the continent.

“I think Luke’s probably the best from 80 yards in the world - he’s phenonemal from that distance,” Westwood added. “And I like the effortless power of Rory.” As for his own game he just smiled and stated: “I like all of it.”

Even with a win Westwood cannot return to number one, but taking the title at the 19th attempt would be prize enough.

He has the chance to throw down the gauntlet when he tees off at 8.15am this morning with Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn, 10 minutes ahead of McIlroy, Ernie Els and Martin Laird on a Wentworth course that hasn’t been short of criticism.

Westwood has been one of a number of players to be less than pleased at some of the alterations.

However, ground staff this week tweeted Westwood, and others, to say they have been “working hard getting the course ready” him.