Wind the key to Westy's Open chances

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Lee Westwood is hoping that the wind will be blowing when The Open gets underway at Royal St George's on Thursday.

Said the World no.2, seeking to break his majors 'duck' in Kent: "This course is designed with a 15-20mph wind in mind and you don't want it flat calm.

"This will put the emphasis on good ball striking though often in The Open it can be the luck of the draw as far as windy conditions are concerned. Hopefully, this week, I'll be on the right side of it!"

Besides Lady Luck, 'Westy' also believes that staying patient will be imperative this week, adding: "Patience will be a big factor - there are a couple of fairways out there where you can get bad - or good - breaks."

Westwood admits this would be the ideal time to register his first major title. "I've had a third, a second and now I'm hoping for a first!

"It would be nice and as far as I'm concerned this is the biggest championship in the world. I'd obviously like to join that elite group who've won a major and winning this week would mean everything to me, specially at a course named after St George - you can't get any more English than that!"

Westy opens his Open account on Thursday at 2.10pm when he tees it upalongside reiging Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and leading American Steve Stricker.

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