Lee Westwood travelled straight from The Gamers Championship on Sunday night time to Georgia to play a number of rounds at Augusta along with his son Sam. It’s Westwood Jr’s first outing on the Masters venue and as his father says “he’s understandably extraordinarily excited”. The 21-year-old may also be extraordinarily pleased with his dad’s efficiency at The Gamers Championship on Sunday, the place he completed second behind Justin Thomas. It was his second runner-up putting in as many Sundays, having pushed Bryson DeChambeau all the best way at Bay Hill, and though there was disappointment by this newest shut name, there may be additionally a lot positivity to take into the season’s first main, the place on the age of 47 he’ll search to lastly land that large title that will look so acceptable on his creaking CV. “This will likely be an excellent Monday,” Westwood stated with a smile as he left Sawgrass. And he is aware of, it may very well be a fair higher April. All of the components are there. Type Westwood is again on this planet’s high 20 for the time in virtually eight years. And this pair of shut calls has not solely introduced wealthy comfort within the type of rating factors. The $1.635m (£1.17m) he collected in Sawgrass was truly the most important cheque he has ever picked up at a single match and along with the $1m-plus he picked up in Orlando took his earnings for the fortnight to an eye-watering $2.7m. Nonetheless, what is going to actually stand out to Westwood is the buildup of Ryder Cup factors. He has moved as much as fourth on Europe’s “world” factors listing and is all however assured a return to the world which has outlined his profession maybe greater than another. Having missed out for the primary in 21 years in 2018, Westwood is about to equal Sir Nick Faldo’s blue-and-gold report of 11 appearances. On this type, Padraig Harrington would look to him to be his on-course chief at Whistling Straits. At 33-1, Westwood is taken into account by the bookmakers to be alongside Tyrrell Hatton as England’s greatest shout of a primary green-jacket since Danny Willett in 2016. These could be beneficiant odds. Solely six gamers have collected extra world rating factors to this point in 2021.