LEE Westwood needs a top-two finish in the Open this week to have a chance of regaining the world No 1 spot from Luke Donald.
Six weeks after going top for the first time with a play-off victory over Westwood at Wentworth, Donald stretched his lead by taking the Barclays Scottish Open by four shots at Castle Stuart on Sunday.
If Westwood was to win his first major at Sandwich this week, Donald would have to be second to remain No 1. If Westwood is second, Donald will still stay top with a top-21 finish.
The Worksop man will begin his quest for by teeing off at 2.10pm, one of the later starters, with only 11 of the 52 three balls after him. Joining Westwood will be American Steve Stricker and South African Charl Schwartzel.
Sheffield’s Danny Willett will make his Open Championship debut with the earliest possible start.
He will go out in the first group of three who will get the Championship under way at 6.30am at Royal St.George’s.
However, Willett doesn’t get the distinction of hitting the first ball. That goes to American Jerry Kelly. Making up the three ball is Australian Nathan Green.