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Lee Westwood

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 4/24/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205

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Lee Westwood painted a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in round two of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, his adventurous second lap of Gary Player Country Club taking him to 4-under 140 at the midpoint and tying the clubhouse lead of Darren Fichardt.
On the live leaderboard, that's T2 and three back from Victor Dubuisson, who has three to play. Like many of the field today, Westwood had to battle and recorded four bogeys at 1, 6, 12 and 17. But crucially, he kept the doubles away and splashed six red numbers to post his second round of 70. Those gains came at 3, 4, 8, 9, 14 and 16. The World No. 64 once won a local Sunshine Tour event at this course in 2000 but has struggled on recent returns, racking up some big numbers. He's 30th on the Race to Dubai and is coming off T20 in last week's Turkish Airlines Open. Nov 10 - 8:25 AM

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Two-time previous tournament champion Lee Westwood tees it up in this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

Few performers in this week's field have the extent of course experience that Westwood has. In its previous guise as an elite field invitation event he was back-to-back winner in 2010 and 2011, the latter campaign being the one in which he became world No. 1. More recently he has struggled. In 2014, the final year for the 30-man field, he was never in the top ten and a round three 78 scuppered his chances. Then 12 months later a round two 81 achieved much the same. He finished T20 last week in the Turkish Airlines Open, a fourth top 20 in seven starts, but news of the formal ending of his relationship with Chubby Chandler also emerged. With the break completed might it prompt on-course change in form? Time will tell.
Nov 8 - 4:16 AM

Lee Westwood tacked on a 3-under-par 30-38=68 to his opening 67 to reach 7-under 135 through 36 holes of the Turkish Airlines Open, currently good enough for T8 on the live leaderboard with play almost over.

That's a move upwards of two spots although Westwood is a full seven strokes behind runaway leader and former Ryder Cup partner Nicolas Colsaerts, who is five clear with just the last to complete. Westwood raced to the turn in just 30 swishes after collecting birdies at 3, 5, 7 and 9 but then ran into trouble on the back. It started with double bogey-6 at 10 and another shot went at 14. He did pick up a couple of red numbers at 12 and 16 but two closing pars meant he'd come home in 1-over. He's in good position but might need help from Colsaerts if he's to get his hands on the trophy.
Nov 3 - 9:34 AM

Lee Westwood will make a fifth straight start in the Turkish Airlines Open this week.

Westwood has been there from the beginning for this European Tour event which started in 2013 and has had some decent finishes with T8 in 2014 and T11 in 2015. Those results came at the Montgomerie Maxx although he didn't fare as well at this week's course, Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, when the tournament moved there last year. The Englishman opened with a pair of 70s and then shot 73-69 on the weekend to post T52. After T9 (Czech Masters) and T3 (KLM Open) in September, he's gone a little quiet with MC-58 on his last two starts although he did post three 69s in Italy last time and a recent rest will probably have helped after he took on hosting duties in the British Masters and played the following two weeks.
Oct 31 - 4:58 AM

Tournament host Lee Westwood has plenty on his plate this week but he's putting his local knowledge to good use so far after reaching 9-under 131 through two rounds of the British Masters following a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in Friday's second lap of Close House.

That's currently good enough for T2 in the clubhouse and three shots behind English compatriot Tyrrell Hatton. Westwood hasn't dropped a shot so far this week, making every birdie count on a par 70 he knows so well. After starting at 10th tee today, the 23-time European Tour winner posted three pars and then began his climb up the leaderboard by connecting red circles from Nos. 13-15. Further gains would follow at 1 and 4 but five closing pars meant he couldn't eat into Hatton's three-shot lead. "There's certainly no pressure," said Westwood later but we'll have to see whether all the extracurricular activity this week catches up with him over the next two days.
Sep 29 - 8:54 AM

One week after celebrating 500 starts, Lee Westwood has a 24th European Tour title in his sights after a third round 4-under-par 34-33=67 moved him to T4 on 11-under 202 in the KLM Open at The Dutch, three back of leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The Englishman’s first move of the day was backwards, with bogey at the fifth, but he responded with red numbers at 6 and 8, then added three more on the back nine at 11, 13 and 18. That latter par breaker grabbed him a spot in the penultimate three-ball of the day, a boost for the experienced veteran who is chasing a second title in the event, just the 18 years after the first at Hilversum GC in 1999. He’ll have experience and quality on his side. He’s the only player in the top 12 on the leaderboard who is also in the top 70 of the Race to Dubai. He’s also the only player in that number to be ranked top 150 in the world (he’s currently 61st).
Sep 16 - 1:36 PM

Former winner Lee Westwood crafted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round at the KLM Open, advancing 30 spots up the live leaderboard to solo fourth and securing second place in the clubhouse, two shots behind 36-hole pacesetter Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

After round one was carried over to Friday, Westwood returned to The Dutch to complete an opening 70 and then picked off six birdies on his second lap to post 7-under 135 at the midpoint. The Englishman won this trophy at Hilversumsche back in 1999 and has four top five finishes in the event from just seven starts. This is his first appearance since 2011 but he's certainly enjoyed the Colin Montgomerie-designed par 71 so far. In round two, Westwood kicked off with birdie-2 at 10 and added further circles at 13 and 15. On his second nine, he found three more red numbers at 3, 4 and 9 to put himself in position for a weekend challenge.
Sep 15 - 11:23 AM

Lee Westwood's search for a first major title continues at Royal Birkdale this week where he'll be playing in his 23rd Open Championship.

The 44-year-old has had some near misses in this event with second at St. Andrews in 2010, T3 at Muirfield in 2013 and fourth at Royal Troon in 2004. Maybe it's coincidence but all those were at Opens held in Scotland. On home English soil, he hasn't been as strong and at Royal Birkdale he had to settle for 64th in 1998 and 67th in 2008. Westwood can still offer plenty of upside to gamers by showing up big in major events and his latest brush with victory came in 2016 when runner-up at the Masters. The Ryder Cup star, who has made his last 11 cuts in the majors, tees off Thursday at 14:59 local alongside Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.
Jul 18 - 5:27 AM

World No. 54 Lee Westwood was scaring flagsticks all day en route to a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during round one of the U.S. Open Championship, throwing his name into the mix early on a Thursday.

The Englishman opened his week on the back nine and did all of his scoring (good and bad) before the turn. Westwood circled birdies at 10, 13, 15, 16, and 18, while giving two of those strokes back at the par-4 12th. The double bogey was his lone blemish of the round. Westwood was dialed in on approach today, giving himself 10 birdie looks from inside 19 feet, six from inside 12 feet. However, the flat stick did not cooperate as he needed 31 putts to make his way around Erin Hills Golf Course. Westwood is still searching for his first major championship victory. If he keeps hitting 16 greens in regulation per round, he'll have a good chance come Sunday evening.
Jun 15 - 3:50 PM

Lee Westwood birdied the final three holes in an even-par 38-34=72 in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, nudging up two spots on the leaderboard to T3 and just three behind leader Andrew Dodt.

It's not often a 72 takes you forward on 'Moving Day' but with the final groups finding the winds and hard, fast conditions a major challenge, Westwood stayed patient and got his reward. The front nine contained eight of the hardest nine holes today and Westwood leaked oil like most, dropping shots at 2, 5 and 9. It was pars the rest of the way until 16 when he finally scribbled in his first circle. The Englishman didn't stop there and cashed in on the two closing par 5s, those birdies at 17 and 18 breathing fresh life into his title challenge.
May 27 - 12:26 PM

Home hero Lee Westwood crafted a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in his second round at the BMW PGA Championship, moving to 5-under 139 at the midpoint and just two strokes behind leader Thomas Pieters.

Westwood is finding fairways and not putting any pressure on himself so looks set to be a big part of the conversation on the weekend if he keeps this going. After an outward 32 it appeared as if he could challenge for the lead but the Englishman had to settle for nine pars coming home. On the front nine, Westwood started his birdie count on the par-5 4th hole and then added circles at 7 and 9. He's a two-time runner-up in this event (2000 and 2011) and also made the top 10 in both 2010 and 2013.
May 26 - 8:52 AM

World No. 54 Lee Westwood styled a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on Moving Day at the Masters to post 1-under 215 up six places to solo 13th with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Westwood is T9, five back of co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, with Rose posting the low round of 67.

Three players had posted 69s but the Englishman is the first in the house with 68. He chased an opening 70 with a three-birdie eight-bogey 77 to begin T19 on 3-over, seven adrift of four overnight co-leaders. The 43-year-old, runner-up twice here in 17 prior appearances, circled three straight on holes 4-6, bookended by two bogey-5s at 3 and 7 to turn 1-under. He came home in blemish-free 3-under, adding birdies at 13, 15 and 17, ending the day with seven (of 14) fairways, 13 greens in regulation, and a sterling 1.50 average putts per hole. Westwood's split included three from between eight and 11 feet and a 49-foot bomb for birdie-3 at 17.
Apr 8 - 5:51 PM

Course horse Lee Westwood blitzed the back nine of Augusta National Golf Club en route to a 2-under-par 39-31=70 during the opening round of the 2017 Masters Tournament, grabbing a spot in solo third place after day one.

Westwood arrived with top 15s in six of his last seven starts at Augusta National. You would have never guessed it after his opening nine holes today where he swallowed four bogeys and managed to just one birdie along the way. The Englishman responded in a big way down the stretch, starting a birdie train at the par-5 13th, a train that lasted five straight holes to appease DFS gamers in particular. Four of those putts were converted from outside nine feet. Today's lap beat the field average by nearly five strokes but still places him five strokes off the torrid pace set by Charley Hoffman. Luckily, he is just one stroke shy of William McGirt who currently sits alone in second place.
Apr 6 - 7:03 PM

Lee Westwood is the major championship contention king who never got the crown; can that change this year at Augusta National Golf Club in the 81st Masters?

You cannot fault the high quality consistency of the Englishman’s recent work at ANGC: his last nine visits have reaped seven finishes of T11 or better. But if you’re looking for a winner, it might be best to look away now because who could forget what happened on the 16th tee 12 months ago? Westwood had just eagled 15 to move within one shot of playing partner Danny Willett. Before the pair reached the next tee they learned they were now 1st and 2nd in the tournament. History beckoned. Westwood’s tee shot flopped to the front of the green, Willett dialled in at the flag, Westwood three-putted, Willett made birdie. In one hole, Westwood’s major championship career in microcosm. He is good, he is very good, but he finds ways to miss out on the big ones. Now owns 18 major top tens, half of them in the top three, still no win.
Apr 4 - 5:46 AM

Lee Westwood is a 16 year veteran of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but he’ll head to Austin Country Club for this year’s renewal with little evidence that he'll be playing a part in Sunday’s action.

The Englishman is famed for his stellar golf in the match play of the Ryder Cup and yet the truth is that his greatest points accumulation in that match comes in the first two days: in the singles he has a record of 3-6 and it’s typical. His career singles log book reads a better 34-32-1, but in this event it is 15-18, boosted by a semi-final appearance in 2012, the only time he played more than two matches at the tournament during the knockout format (in 14 tries). He’s made a solid but unspectacular start to the year, going 5-for-5, every result falling between T8 and T28. In the first round he has been pitched against defending champion Jason Day, last week's winner Marc Leishman and the reinvigorated Pat Perez in Group 3.
Mar 21 - 4:33 AM