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Monty: Now or never for Westwood

ESPN staff
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Colin Montgomerie believes this is Lee Westwood's last chance to win The Masters and gives the Englishman one year to win that elusive first major before his chances start to fade.

Westwood will soon learn if the decision to relocate his family to the United States and compete full-time on the PGA Tour in 2013 has led to an upturn in fortunes when the first major of the year gets underway at Augusta National.

But Montgomerie, whose own career ended without a major triumph, believes the 2010 Masters runner-up is kidding himself if he believes that he can carry on improving once he turns 40.

"I think this year will be his last chance - there is pressure now," Montgomerie told The Mirror. "I think England especially and a lot of Britain would love to see Lee Westwood win a major.

"He has moved to America to try to get this elusive major that we all want, but at the same time putting pressure on yourself in this game is not easy. Very few players win or improve in their forties, very few."

Former world No. 1 Westwood's short game has been his undoing at the majors, Mongomerie believes.

"If you are asking if his short game is at the same level as Woods or Mickelson, no it's not," he added.

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