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Masters reflections

If Lee Westwood needs any further assurance that he has plenty of time left to win a major, he need look only at the Masters leaderboard.

Although American Bubba Watson was a worthy winner, Lee came through to claim seventh place and just behind him and still inside the top ten was 57-year-old Bernhard Langer.

And another fiftysomething, the evergreen Fred Couples, was in contention for three-and-a-half of the four days.

Considering what Greg Norman and Tom Watson have done at the Open in the last few years, there’s still many more opportunities for the soon-to-be 41-year-old Lee to make the big breakthrough.

I am convinced it will be this year.

There was no psychological damage with this reverse and similarly Garrick Porteous will have learned plenty from more experience at a major championship.

Garrick has now joined the paid ranks and will make his debut at this week’s Maybank Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.

We have 11 entrants in total and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the winner comes from one of them.

It all depends on our drivers, not of the club variety but the guys behind the steering wheels of the tournament transport.

Their self-navigation systems appears to have acquired a glitch because a 20-minute journey can take anything up to 180.

If you don’t hear from me next week, it will be because we are still lost.

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