Lee unfazed by slow start

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LEE Westwood is refusing to panic despite being knocked off his perch at the top of the world rankings by Martin Kaymer last week.

The Worksop putter insists his game is in fine fettle and added: “I’m hitting the ball as good as I’ve hit it for a long time.”

Westwood has still to record his first top 10 finish after four events so far in 2011 and last week failed to make it past the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the 11th successive time.

“I played quite nicely, but it’s quite a difficult tournament to give an honest review and reflection on. My game’s in good shape,” he said. “I’m not too worried about the number one spot - I’m never too fast out of the blocks at the beginning of the year.

Westwood is aiming to reclaim the number one berth at the Honda Classic this week.

The 37-year-old is level par after the first round in Florida. He dropped two shots on the back nine to end up tied in 14th position, three strokes off course leader Spencer Levin.