Westwood not thinking of top ranking

Wed, 06 Oct 18:21:00 2010

Lee Westwood will try to put the Ryder Cup out of his mind and will not be distracted by the prospect of becoming world number one when he tees off in this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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The Briton, a key member of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team, will knock Tiger Woods off the top of the rankings if he finishes first or second in a tournament he won in 2003.

"The thing this week to do is to concentrate on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as it's easy to get distracted and not be able to refocus after last week," Westwood said.

"Going to number two on Monday and having a chance to go to number one, I could get drawn towards that as well.

"But obviously if I take care of business on the golf course this week at the Dunhill Links then the world number one ranking takes care of itself.

Westwood arrived in Scotland on Tuesday evening after celebrating well into the morning following Europe's stunning one-point victory over the US at Celtic Manor.

"Everybody was obviously very happy on Monday evening and why not?," he said.

"It was an incredible Ryder Cup, just about everything and the result in the end showed how close the two teams were.

"The weather almost added to the drama. Fortunately the result turned out in our favour through some gritty play. I suppose G-Mac (Graeme McDowell) is the one that's been highlighted the most with it being the winning putt, but I thought it was a great team performance overall."

The Ryder Cup finished on a Monday for the first time due to bad weather in Wales and Westwood said consideration should be given to staging the 2014 event at Gleneagles, Scotland in September.

"The Ryder Cup is so prestigious and such a big event now that priority should be given to it with regards to dates," he said.

"Common sense has to be used somewhere along the line. You can't know how unreliable the weather is. Just any help would be good I think. Shift it forward a couple of weeks. I think September is generally a good month."

Westwood, 37, is bidding to become the third British player to get to the top of the world rankings, after Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam.

Reuters

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