Worksop’s Lee Westwood enjoys the healthy competition

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WORLD number four Westwood is thrilled by the level of competition at China’s BMW Masters, this week.

He said the quality of the field at Shanghai Lake Malaren Golf Club, made it a special event.

“It’s very rare that you get four of the top five in the world together in tournaments outside major championships and World Golf Championships,” said Westwood.

World number one Rory McIlroy leads the pack, but others include Luke Donald and Justin Rose.

The field will also see major winners Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, South African pair Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, and Korea’s Y.E. Yan

“At the top level you like to compete against the best players in the world and when you win those tournaments it obviously means a little bit more,” added Worksop’s former world number one.

McIlroy was drawn to play the opening two rounds with Westwood and Rose. He is nearly $2 million ahead of Tiger Woods in the money list.