What a difference a year makes

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.

Westwood to face Justin Rose

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.

Westwood appoints Tony Johnstone

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.

WESTWOOD LEFT DISAPPOINTED

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.

Westwood hoping for more English tournaments

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.

Westwood Confident Ahead of The Players

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.

WESTWOOD ENJOYS RIVALRY

Golf’s world number three Lee Westwood is enjoying his rivalry with world number one golfer Rory McIlroy, his onetime stable mate and one of his best friends on and off the golf course. McIlroy got the better of Westwood in the Honda Classic to become the world number one, when both of them were in contention after then world number one Luke Donald stuttered in the World Golf Championship: Accenture Match Play Championships and his loss inadvertently handed the crown to any of the top two contenders for the crown, which McIlroy managed to secure by winning the Honda Classic.
But Lee Westwood believes that there is still a lot more to this rivalry and he is quietly enjoying the little banters with McIlroy, who many thought was his protégé and according to Westwood, he did help the youngster when he was taking his baby steps in the world of professional golf.

But Westwood also admitted that there is no other person in the world who deserves to be number one, simply based on sheer hard work and determination that McIlroy has showed over the last two years, coming out of nowhere to first win the Us Open title in 2011 and then becoming the world number one.

He also added that being third in the world behind two fellow British golfers made things a little more tolerable for him, even more so due to the fact that the three are great friends off the course as well.

Moreover, Lee Westwood also stated that Rory McIlroy knows that he cannot be number one forever, adding that sometime, he will get the better of him and some other time, the opposite will happen and that is what adds more spark to this new and developing rivalry in the world of golf.

WESTWOOD IN ACTION

Lee Westwood who is ranked third in the World rankings is now in the United States of America for the prestigious Accenture Match Play Championship.

He has only managed to reach the second round of the tournament so far which he did in the years 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005 and 2002.

Lee Westwood had to play Nick Colsaerts in the very first round of the tournament and is in the Sam Snead group.

The game turned out to be well for Lee Westwood in the start as he took the lead in the match form the second hole itself. He was very nicely three up by the time the match progressed to the eighth hole but Nick Colsaerts is not an easy man to give up and he cut down the lead to one up by the tenth round. Lee Westwood won the 12th and the 13th holes but Closaerts made up in the 15th. At the 17th hole, the hole was conceded with Lee Westwood winning the match three up and a one to play.

Lee Westwood commented saying that he was very happy with his performance for he didn’t give a single hole away and neither did he make a bogey. He made six beautiful birdies and hence was happy with the result. He admitted that Nick Colsaerts was not a very tough opponent and was a tough competitor.

Lee Westwood now faces Robert Karlsson for the second round matches which he has described as another tough match. He said that there are no easy matches or opponents in this tournament and one has to keep playing tougher opponents in order to qualify for the next rounds. It remains to be seen how far he can make it in this tournament having previously failed to win the title.

WESTWOOD HOPES TO CONTINUE GREAT FORM

Lee Westwood is the golfer who clenched the world No.1 ranking in 2010 to end Tiger Wood’s reign. He was the first British golfer to secure the top rank since the time of Nick Faldo in 1994.

Westwood ended 2011 on a winning note, bagging the Thailand Championship. The seven shot victory at Thailand ensured that Westwood ended the year with a No. 2 ranking ahead of McIlroy. He had won a large number of tournaments but had not won a single major, until Thailand happened.

At the Thailand Championship, Lee Westwood started off with Thongchai Jaidee and Ryo Ishikawa and was off to a great start. He made five birdies in the opening round and then an eagle on the outward nine and five birdies on the way to home. He earned the top spot with his 12-under 60 with five strokes ahead of John Daly, who was the closest rival.

Westwood believed that the difficulty of the course at the Thailand Championship and his ability to triumph in it made the win special for him. He had never had an 11-shot lead before and it was difficult to come back, refocus and reset the goals. There was a lot of pressure but he finally won against it all.

2011 was a great year for Lee with the World No. 1 rank at the beginning of the year for thirteen weeks, till May, he finished 5th in Dubai and after the Thailand Championship ends the year with a World No. 2 rank. Lee Westwood has gathered a lot of confidence in the last year and he believes that he will carry forward with the same attitude and confidence, keeping himself fit and active. He plans to get back to golf in 2012 with the Abu Dhabi meet and then the European Tour.