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Westwood wants Asia Major
In the midst of jaunt through seven of the greater China region’s golf courses as part of  the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge, world number two Lee Westwood has suggested that men’s golf should create a new Major in the Asia-Pacific region.

Westwood said: "I like the tradition of the Majors. I think the men's game has got it pretty much right, although I'd like to see another Major somewhere else in the world. Somewhere like Asia or Australia."

The 38-year-old Englishman, also intends to be playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November.

The HSBC Champions, Asia’s one truly world-class tournament, was added to the World Golf Championships schedule in 2009, the first time a WGC event had been staged outside the United States since 2006.

 This was a move that Westwood fully supported and feels should be built upon to further the growing internationalization of the sport.

" It probably looked good on TV and that sort of thing gets people interested. The more tournaments there are played there the more interest there will be," said Westwood.

"I see the way that the Asian economy and markets have supported golf over the last few years and they deserve to have big tournaments there. Asian golf is getting bigger isn't it?

"Asia seems to be one of the places that hasn't been hit so hard by the financial crisis. Europe and America have been nailed really, so Asia's going to be looking more healthy. Sponsors are more likely to want to put money into sporting events there because they've got it."

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