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LEE'S A RYDER ON THE STORM; NEWS FILE SPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

Byline: GRAHAM OTWAY

LEE WESTWOOD believes he could be ready to launch a surprise late run to win a Ryder Cup place.

The 40-year-old Worksop man has not missed a match against the Americans since making his debut at Valderrama in 1997.

But, with the next clash scheduled for Gleaneagles in September, the chances of extending that record have looked in doubt as he slumped from No.1 in the world in 2011 to his current 35th in the rankings.

However, after shooting 68 and 65 to go into last night's third round of the US Tour's Honda Classic only three shots behind leader Rory McIlroy, Westwood was upbeat about his form.

Having sacked his controversial American coach Sean Foley two weeks ago he said : "I haven't been driving the ball well for over a year and a half.

"But I definitely feel like it's coming back. I am getting a more penetrating flight on the ball and my distance control has come back.

"I feel confident and I am starting to get the fade back that I always used to hit. It's getting me in better positions again."

Meanwhile in South Africa another fallen Ryder Cup man could end a four-year run without a win.

Londoner Ross Fisher, 33, who made his Ryder debut at Celtic Manor, takes a five-shot lead into today's final round of the Tshwane Open.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2014
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