Westwood fearful of Woods backlash

Former world number one Lee Westwood has urged the golfing world not to write of Tiger Woods as he searches to recapture the form the made him the most feared golfer on the planet.

Westwood, a free bet favourite, took the American’s number one spot in October after Woods topped the rankings for 281 weeks, before Martin Kaymer took over as the world’s leading golfer earlier this week.

Revelations about Woods’s personal life forced the 14-time major winner to take an extended break from the game last year, and he has not won a PGA tour event in over 18 months. He currently sits in 5th in the world rankings after Luke Donald’s victory over Kaymer to claim the WGC Matchplay title moved him up to 3rd in the world from 6th.

Westwood , speaking ahead of the Honda Classic at the PGA National course in Palm Beach Gardens, where Donald and Ryder Cup colleagues Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter will be competing, insists it is only a matter of time before Woods finds his form again.

“Class is permanent. Form is fickle; I would be wise enough to know not to write him off.” He said.

“When he was playing well, there was interest to see how far up he could get and could anybody catch him up.”

“Now that he’s not playing very well, there’s the interest of when will he get it back and how fast will people go in front of him.” He added.

Woods is currently undergoing work to change his swing with coach Sean Foley and will not be competing in Florida.

Those who place free bets have placed Donald as amongst the favourites to win the tournament following his win in Arizona.