Lee Westwood is well determined about this year’s Augusta National because this is perhaps going to be his last Major now that he has reached 40. Lee Westwood has been born as an Englishman but he is now in Florida.
18 months ago, he was ranked 22 in the world golf rankings. He also had 39 wins all along the world tours that he had been. The reason why he left his country to come to live in Florida is perhaps because of certain changes in his team which he could not have coped up with that is the release of Coach Pete Cowan and caddie Billy foster.
But when asked Lee Westwood said that he been thinking of moving for quite some time. He was irritated with the bitter cold weather in England because the winters kept him from working hard for tournaments and his practice sessions, as per his feeling, were being hampered. His kids are not that grown up as yet and so he felt it as the right time to move to Florida. Now that he has made a move, he has set up a good practice sessions that would help him to reduce the rust in his skills. This is what Lee Westwood said about his moving, “It seemed like the right time. I played on the PGA Tour a lot last season and really enjoyed it and fancied a new challenge with the family. The prospect of being somewhere warm was appealing and the kids were a good age to move. I can’t see how the move won’t help.”
But the fact that everyone around is saying that he has turned and it is last time for him to get a Major is not bothering him at all. He just loves to be a part of the game and that is what he is concerned with.
For Lee Westwood, the English golfer, the Honda Classic is an event for whom the weekend’s tournament will feel just like home.
Just like Northern Ireland’s world number one Rory McIlroy, American Tiger Woods and South African Ernie Els and a few others, the Englishman will not have to travel very far to get some rest after finishing the afternoon round on Friday. The 39 year old was the man who ended Tiger Woods’s long reign as the world number one when he became the top ranked golfer in the world back in 2010.
And just a few weeks back, Westwood spent a staggering $ 5.875 million to buy a spanking new 10,000 square foot villa at Palm Beach Gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the Old Palm Golf Club. The deal came to the view of the public from public records and the deal for the one acre property on the Tillinghast Circle that boasts of five bedrooms on the 14th fairway of the Old Palm was signed by Lee Westwood on the 15th of last month. The records also show that the English golfer took out a mortgage of $ 4.2 million.
Westwood, along with his wife Laurae and their two children moved into the property just a couple of days back, although the furnishing of the new villa hasn’t been completed in its entirety. He had already stated that he was not comfortable with not being able to work on his game back home where the weather is very unpredictable and it always rains.
As a result, Lee Westwood decided to splash out on the spanking new property which according to the golfer, provides a healthy environment for his kids as well along with providing him with the perfect conditions to work on his game on the course.
He has hired a new caddie for himself, as well bought a home in the United States of America and English golfer Lee Westwood hopes these subtle changes translates into wins on the golf course this year, starting with the Dubai Desert Classic which begins on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.
Westwood decided to sever ties with long term coach Pete Cowen as well as his temporary caddy Mike Waite after he missed the cut at the US PGA Championship in 2012 and hired Mike Kerr, who was usually with the bag for Alvaro Quiros as his new caddie.
The Englishman also shifted bases from England to the state of Florida on a more permanent basis with his family after rejoining the US PGA Tour last year as well.
And according to Lee Westwood, the move to Florida has helped him a lot with the fact that it has allowed him the scope to hit more balls in the off season than he has managed in the past and was seen hitting the ball with fellow Englishman and good friend Luke Donald last week.
According to the Englishman, he feels that his move to Florida has him hitting the turf running and added that the practice has seen his short game and putting has seen the most improvement and he hopes that he will be able to compete more this year. He went on to state how some of the players have been struggling to find a competitive edge this year and he feels that he will have a chance if he is playing well.
Lee Westwood, who will turn 40 years old this year, feels that the time was right to make the move to the United States and his move to the PGA Tour is also something that was important.
Webb Simpson and Lee Westwood are set to make their season comebacks at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am event. A few days ago, both the golfers confirmed that they would take part in the forthcoming event that will take place from 4th February to 10th February at the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Westwood is currently sitting in the number seven position in world golf ranking.
The last time when he played in the Pro–Am was in the year 2005, though it didn't go brilliantly as he ended up tying for 65th position, even though he had been named as one of the favourites by online betting firm Unibet! Fans backed him, but sadly he couldn't quite produce the form he neede to on the day.
The English player, who had thirty five International wins and grabbed the world number one position in 2010, will make his 2013 season debut at Dubai Desert Classic that will take place from 31st January to 3rd February at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club, before flying over for the Pro-Am.
2013 will be a good chance for Lee off the course as well as on it, as he launches his new golf Academies, allowing young golfers to get the Tour experience. The Lee Westwood Golf Tour and the Lee Westwood Golf Camps will start this year and have been designed to implement to offer young golf players the chance to benefit from some magnificent golf facilities as well as PGA professionals the United Kingdom has to offer.
This tour will have a series of golf tours which are build on a regional basis to offer young golf players an experience of how it feels to be in a top golf tournament. Young golf players who are willing to take part in this event have to be under 21 years of age.
On Friday, Lee Westwood lamented about his bad putting at Thailand Golf Championship as the golfer looked far from the glittering best which saw him with a magical sixty last year. Before the event, there was a speculation whether the English player could recreate previous year’s first round twelve-under-per-sixty that saw Westwood just missed out on a fifty nine – a score that had never been hit in any Asian tour.
The world No. 6 has discussed about that round that lit up the first ever competition at the Amata Spring course and prompted him to a 7-under-per victory as one of his top performances in his grand career. But this time, after 2 days, he was 5 under overall – 5 shots behind leader Daniel Chopra and had a huge way from his harsh showing in 2011.
While speaking about his 2011 achievement with Friday’s 2nd round where he toothed three under 69,Lee told that one does not shoot 20 under through 2 rounds often and when people does, they actually make a whole lot of putts. He added that, in the 1st two day, he made nothing and more than that he loft too many out there. He also missed several short ones that was the main difference.
Even though, Lee is still in the contest, he told that he had whole lot of this to do to keep the title with him. He also stated that whether he would be able to make more putts compared to what he made in the first two days.
English golfers Justin Rose and Lee Westwood set up an all English final at the World Golf Final in Turkey thanks to superb rounds that saw them hitting 62 and 61 respectively. The match could ultimately turn out to be an all birdie affair if the two Englishmen can produce their 62 and 61 scores in the final with Rose conceding that the achievement of his compatriot was easily the greater of the two.
When he heard about Westwood’s score of 10 under against Charl Schwartzel, Rose was absolutely shocked and admitted that he didn’t think that it could be done on an afternoon like that. Rose also mentioned that his 62 shot in the morning under perfect conditions made it easier for him by almost three shots and admitted that if Lee Westwood played during that time, he could have easily gone around 59, a tremendous achievement in itself.
And Westwood also expressed his satisfaction at the brilliant round of gold that he had. He admitted that he had never been 17 under for day before in his career and that 61 score came on the back of the five best rounds of his career. He went on to add that he was particularly pleased with his short game around the greens. The Englishman holed out from a bunker on the sixth hole and went on to chip one in on the thirteenth.
Lee Westwood mentioned that he is extremely pleased to be playing so well and getting back to the proper scheme of things after the Ryder Cup. Westwood has been taking advice from Tony Johnstone over the last couple of months and the way his short game has developed, it can be said that he is reaping the rewards of his association with his new coach to the utmost.
The present world number 4, Lee Westwood, started taking advice from Tony Johnsotne for the betterment of his short game. It has been reported that Westwood was thoroughly pissed off with his conditions and thus he went on to appoint Johnstone.
Westwood has made blunders in recent times. He missed the cut at the 2012 USPGA Championship. After that he became so annoyed that he broke apart with his trainer, Pete Cowan. Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler, the manager of Lee Westwood, agreed to the news that Westwood has been working with Tony Johnstone. He said that it is an odd selection but Westwood desperately wants to improve his short-game. So he picked the Zimbabwean.
Johnstone has not got so much of coaching experience apart from working with Robert Rock and Chris Wood. But this ex-golfer was used to be one of the greatest bunker players during his career. Westwood is naturally seeking to gain some advice from him so that he can be in form again.
Nick Price, one of best pals of Johnstone, said that it is a good move by Lee Westwood and it is going to pay off. The six-time European Tour champion Johnstone still takes parts in the Senior Tours.
After working together for a number of days in Canada they will be joining each other on the practice arena at the Barclays Championship. Johnstone admitted the fact that he’s been a great admirer of Westwood and it is a pleasure for him to work with him. And then he added that he would surely look after Westwood’s short-game problem and is hoping to solve it as quick as possible.
Lee Westwood has been going through the toughest time of his career. He hasn’t been able to win a single tournament this year. So he is counting on Johnstone and he is assured that this move will fetch him his luck.
The British Open Championship was of the most disappointing so far for Lee Westwood. This tournament took place at Royal Lytham and St. Annes golfcourse.
Where very big names fought for the tittle along with Lee Westwood. On the first day of the tournament Lee scored five bogeys and s double bogey on the third hole at Lytham course. As well as he scored four burdies but that was not counted much. So, very first day his score was three-over par. After day two remaining he scored three-under par where he carded a birdie and a bogey on the same day in second round.
He scored five bogeys and four birdies at the third day which help him to climb up his score to four-over par.On final day he scored six-over par. The reason behind it is he had total five bogeys and five birdies on that day, but unfortunately a double bogey on the fourth hole made his score two-over par for the day. That made his score six-over par.
39 years old Lee Westwood finished the tournament tied as fourty fifth man with others eight player. After finishing the tournament he faced media and said he was not much expectation from it. You need break at an open that is why I just hit too many bad shots. He also added that he feels pretty cam at the major and he has given himself a lot of chances and he won quite a few.
So, Lee Westwood spent very badly his time in British Open. He got very big names for fighting but as per his performances he can not tackle properly. During the championship he scored many but that was not up to mark. This 40 years old supposed to face a black tournament so far inspite of making good scores.
Lee Westwood alongside fellow English golfers Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald all of whom are Ryder cup teammates and will all be hoping to make this year’s team, have decided to help create an initiative to produce more European tour tournaments which can be help in England.
Currently Wentworth BMW PGA Championship is the only European tour tournament that has been sustained and continued on a yearly basis. They are hoping to return to the situation which occurred at the turn of the millennium where there were six regular tournaments played in England.
The golfers have called the decline in English based tournaments as ridiculous. Westwood who is the world number three has fronted the campaign highlighting that British and English golf is at an all time high with so many players dominating the ranking, both himself and Luke Donald hold the number three and one spots respectively, straddling Rory McIlroy who sits in second place.
Although economic hardship has played a role in the reduction of England based tournaments Westwood is hoping that English golfers are willing to put aside rivalries to help develop this and that by promising appearance to all English tournaments they are more likely to drum up support from sponsors.
Westwood already organises a junior golf championship, which is sponsored by PING. The Lee Westwood Junior golf Championship is in its fifth year and host eighty budding junior golfers who are hoping to emulate the success of Westwood who is chasing his first major victory at the US Open later this month.
Westwood has been on great form this year playing some great golf especially in Asia, but also in the run in to the US Open, where the world number three will no doubt be aiming to improve on his third place finish in last year’s tournament.
Golf’s world number three Lee Westwood is hopeful that he will be able to making a good run at the upcoming US PGA Players Championships, which is scheduled to be held between the 10th and 13th of May at the TPC Sawgrass.
He is full of confidence that he will be able to outshine all the others in the playing field and his confident is stemming from the fact that he finished the last two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship extremely strongly and is hopeful that he will be able to carry that momentum into the US PGA Players Championship.
Before entering the final two rounds of the event at the Quail Hollow Country Club, Westwood was at one under and he only missed the cut in the end by only a single stroke thanks to the strong finish in the last two rounds, in which he carded a 68 and a 66, which charged him up the leader board and in the end, he was just three strokes behind Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and D.A Points, who went into the playoff round. And it is this performance in the last two rounds at the Quail Hollow that is making Lee Westwood hopeful of a win at the TPC Sawgrass, often considered as the unofficial fifth Major in the golfing world.
Furthermore, the last time that Westwood played in the US PGA Players Championship in 2010, he finished the event at T-4 and he has three top three finishes in nine starts at the event already.
Speaking to the media ahead of the event, Lee Westwood added that he is in solid form at the moment and hoped that he could carry this form into The Players Championship, which will hopefully land him the famous title for the first time.