Lee Westwood dreaming of incredible The Masters and Grand National double worth a whopping £2million
LEE WESTWOOD is dreaming of landing a sensational double with victories in The Masters and the Grand National – on the same weekend!
The Ryder Cup legend would pocket a whopping £2million should he claim his first Major and his horse, Bellshill, the world's most famous race.
Winning the famed Green Jacket at Augusta carries with it a monster £1.5m first-place prize.
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And the famous steeplechase race over Aintree is set to land winning connections a cool £500,000.
Westwood's Irish Gold Cup-winning horse that he co-owns with mate Dave Armstrong is a 25-1 shot for the National, which takes place on Saturday, April 10.
That is the same date Westwood, 47, hopes he will be teeing off with the lead in the third round at The Masters.
Given Westy has finished runner-up twice at Augusta and his horse's previous in big races, punters might fancy the double at odds of 2500-1 with Paddy Power.
Westwood said: "I'm in America at the moment and hopefully I will be teeing off in the third round of The Masters with the lead on Grand National day!
"It seems to always clash. This golf seems to really get in the way of horseracing at times!
"The Players' Championship is the week of Cheltenham and it's The Masters when the Grand National is on, so what can you do?
"I've got to work sometimes."
Westwood was reduced to tears when now-retired Yorkhill, another horse he owned with Armstrong, won at 66-1 at Newcastle last November.
And it seems the reaction would be similar should 11-year-old Bellshill – a former Punchestown Gold Cup winner – triumph over fences.
Westwood said: "To win the National would be unbelievable. It's what dreams are made of and it's the biggest horse race in the world.
"Just to have a runner in it is incredible, but to have a winner would be staggering – it's difficult to put into words.
"The Grand National is very high up in my affections.
"For people in horseracing it is very high up, but I think for people who don't watch racing regularly it is probably the most famous race of all.
"It's the one that everyone will have watched at some point and I think if you mention horseracing to the general public, the race they'll come up with is the Grand National.
"It's a bit like the Ryder Cup in a way – the majors draw in all the fanatical golf followers, but the Ryder Cup pulls in sport followers and I'd say the Grand National is the same.
"My granddad likes his racing and we would go round and watch the King George on Boxing Day, but we would also watch the National come Easter time.
"Those two races are my earliest memories of watching racing, with the National being the one that everybody wants to win."
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