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US PGA Championship 2013: Westwood Eyeing Victory

Lee Westwood says that his straight driving offers a more “significant advantage” as he once again prepares to battle towards a first major at Oak Hill.

The Englishman, 40, took a two-shot lead into day four of at the Open at Muirfield but slipped up one too many times and finished a disappointing third and had to watch on as Phil Mickelson won his first Claret Jug.

Westwood says Oak Hill suits him more than Merion and Muirfield, where irons were favoured off the tees.

"There are rewards for driving the ball long and straight," he said. "If you're a good driver of the golf ball, then you can gain a big advantage. You can hit the driver a lot."

Westwood insists he took a lot of confidence from his Open performance and thinks he will be able to maintain his early form at Oak Hill. He added: "I think obviously everybody that tees up here this week is here to try to win it - but you can't really go into tournaments with that as a goal. You're going to end up disappointed a lot really.

"So the idea is to play the best you can and give yourself a chance on Sunday going into the back nine and just see what happens."