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Lee Westwood

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 4/24/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205

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Lee Westwood got hot around the turn and signed for a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, slotting in at T10 after the opening 18 holes.
The veteran Englishman was runner-up on debut at Abu Dhabi GC in 2008 and also T17 in 2012 but missed the cut last year on his first start in the tournament for four years. Today's 68 was his best first round in six appearances and left him four behind leader Henrik Stenson. Westwood got the birdie count going with a gain at 5 and added three more at 8, 9 and 10. A lone bogey of the day at 12 was wiped out with a final red number at 16. "Everything was pretty sharp, really, which is quite surprising for me. I haven't done much in the last six, seven weeks since the DP World championship," he said. "I haven't really hit that many balls. I like the way they set this golf course up. There's penalties for missing fairways. The rough is thicker than other venues we play at and the bunkers are well placed." Jan 19 - 9:05 AM

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First-round leader Lee Westwood made his only bogey of the day at 18 in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the DP World Tour Championship, the blemish dropping him a shot off the pace after 36 holes.

After a booming drive down the par-5 last, Westwood looked in fine position to make the go-ahead birdie that would break him out of a two-way tie with Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari at the top. But he found water with his approach and made bogey instead, finishing 36 holes on 8-under 136. Until that point, it had been steady stuff from the veteran Englishman. He couldn't get it going on the greens but two-putted for birdie at 2 and 14 and rolled in a four-footer for another circle at 16. Despite the sting in the tail, he'll be a threat to everyone over the weekend having already posted a win, a third and a fifth in previous starts at the Earth Course.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 08:16:00 AM

With a seven-birdie 6-under-par 33-33=66, Lee Westwood took the outright lead after day one of the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Westwood was the inaugural winner of this tournament in 2009 and also cracked the top five in 2010 and 2013 so it's no surprise to see him on top of the pile. Just as he did when taking the title seven years ago, the veteran Englishman opened with a 6-under lap of the Earth Course. He got his birdie count up and running at No. 2 and made further gains at 7 and 8 to complete an impressive opening nine. After a sole bogey of the day at 12, he responded with back-to-back circles to go T1 and then added a go-ahead birdie from 15 feet at 17. A closing par kept him a shot in front of Julien Quesne and Nicolas Colsaerts and secured his first day-one lead since February 2015. If the tournament were to finish now, he'd finish fourth on the Race to Dubai. A re-draw after round one means Westwood will play in the final two-ball with Frenchman Quesne on Friday.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:06:00 AM

Lee Westwood, the 2007 British Masters champion, finished third in the 2016 edition thanks to a final round of 4-under-par 33-34=67 and a total for the week of 15-under 269 at The Grove.

Next year the Englishman will undertake the hosting duties when the tournament moves to Close House in the north of England, but he left the south in a good frame of mind after a solid week which put two missed cuts and an underwhelming Ryder Cup appearance into the shade. He made an early birdie at the first but gave the shot back at the third. He then posted three red numbers at 6, 9 and 10 to give himself a sniff of victory as the eventual winner Alex Noren limped around the turn. But a bogey at 12, caused by an inability to get out a fairway sand trap in one, set Westwood back and despite ticking birdie at 13 and 18 he was always a little short of the required pace. His 15-under was three back of the mark Noren reached.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Lee Westwood hung up the early clubhouse lead on day one of the British Masters at The Grove with a 4-under-par 32-35=67 on Thursday.

Westwood was one of 11 in the field to have played the course when it last staged a European Tour event (the 2006 WGC-American Express Championships) and he was quick to impress his home English crowd today. The Ryder Cup veteran opened with a tap-in birdie at 10 and connected three more from Nos. 13-15. He gave one back at 16 but climbed back to 4-under with another par breaker from six feet at 17. It was a quieter second nine as he traded a bogey at 7 with a birdie at 8 before making par at the last. After his nightmare at Hazeltine (three defeats out of three) and second-round 82 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, this is a welcome return to form for Westwood. His score is unlikely to lead at close of play with Marc Warren currently 6-under with two to play.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 08:06:00 AM

After failing to justify his wildcard pick from good friend Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood will hope to respond to his Ryder Cup bruising with a title challenge at this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Westwood lost all three of his matches at Hazeltine, missing crucial putts and rounding off a nightmare week by losing to Ryan Moore in Sunday's singles despite being 2UP with three to play. A self-deprecating sense of humor should help him get over events in Minnesota but his main appeal to gamers this week is the superb record he boasts in the tournament played over the links of St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Westwood won the event in 2003, a result which changed his once dim view of the Old Course, and made the top 10 in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was also T2 in the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews. The Englishman missed this event from 2012-2014 so will look to put in another big performance after failing to cash last year. Before his forgettable Ryder Cup, Westwood had been T4 in the European Masters in Switzerland so there is some recent form to tap back into.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:28:00 AM

Lee Westwood has competed in very nearly one quarter of all Ryder Cups: this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club is his tenth start in the 41st match-up.

When given the nod by his best friend and captain Darren Clarke, having failed to qualify by right, it confirmed a tenth straight appearance for the Englishman who stands on the brink of becoming Europe's greatest accumulator of points (he has 23 points, Nick Faldo leads on 25). Given such long term strength it's interesting that he has only twice been Europe's top scorer, and he jointly held that spot on both occasions. One reason is a weakness in the singles (3-6-0) which might be explained by the extent to which he is used on the first two days. Strong in fourballs (8-5-2) he is gun in foursomes (9-4-4). In singles match play, across all events, he is 34-31-1 whereas in partnership with others he maintains the Ryder Cup record, going a remarkable 31-13-7 (.68%). The highlight of his year was T2 in the Masters and yet it was a bit typical too: he had the same chance Danny Willett was offered on the 16th tee (of victory) and Westwood, serial non-major winner, didn't take it.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 07:29:00 AM

Ryder Cup-bound Lee Westwood completed 36 holes of the Italian Open in 1-under-par 70-71=141, missing the cut by two shots.

After all the weather interruptions in Monza, Westwood has a ready-made excuse although failing to get another 36 holes under his belt is a disappointment with the biannual showdown with the United States on the horizon. The Englishman would have made the cut but for bogeys at 16 and 17. He also needed 33 putts in his second round. Other notables that failed to survive include: 140--Jamie Donaldson; Thongchai Jaidee; Padraig Harrington; Peter Uihlein ... 141--Jaco Van Zyl; Edoardo Molinari; Matteo Manassero ... 142--Scott Hend, Fabrizio Zanotti ... 143--Thorbjorn Olesen ... 144--Pablo Larrazabal.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Lee Westwood heads to Golf Club Milano this week to tee it up in the Italian Open for the first time in 16 years.

"It looks like a very nice course, it seems tight off the tee so you need to be accurate," said the Englishman, who is seeing the par 71 for the first time. Westwood's last start in the event came at Is Molas in 2000 when he took T12 but that's actually his worst Italian Open finish. He also contested the 1996, 1997 and 1998 editions, posting 3-6-6. Without doubt, he has one eye on getting sharp for the Ryder Cup in two weeks' time and preparations are going well after he hung up a 63 in the final round of the Omega European Masters a fortnight ago to take fourth spot, his first top five since a runners-up finish at the Masters. Westwood has a morning tee-time (08:40) from the 10th Thursday, forming one of the star three-balls with home favorite Francesco Molinari and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 09:04:00 AM

Lee Westwood blitzed Crans-sur-Sierre for a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-33=63 in Sunday's final round at the Omega European Masters, leaping 21 spots on the leaderboard to finish solo fourth at 12-under 268, five behind winner Alex Noren.

Any whispers that Westwood's Ryder Cup pick from long-time buddy Darren Clarke earlier this week was more to do with friendship than form were certainly quietened today as the Englishman produced his best result since T2 at the Masters. Westwood got hot on his front nine with circles at 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 and splashed further red at 15 and 18 to card his lowest 18 of the season. He piped 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, welcome numbers as he prepares for the upcoming Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine. His total of 27 putts for the day was his lowest of the week.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:49:00 AM

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke announced his three picks to round out the team, choosing Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, and Thomas Pieters.

With five rookies earning their way onto the team, much of the speculation geared toward picking the veterans to round out the squad. That is exactly what Clarke did with Kaymer and Westwood, but Pieters gives the team a sixth Ryder Cup rookie. Pieters played golf at the University of Illinois so Midwest golf should be very familiar to him although he's returned to play just three PGA TOUR events in the states since graduating. The 24-year-old certainly checks the form box as he arrives with three straight top 5s internationally, including a win at last week's Made in Denmark. World No. 20 Russell Knox was left off the team, and will have to wait until 2018 to potentially make his Ryder Cup debut at Le Golf National.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:11:00 AM

Lee Westwood will be making his 22nd appearance at this year’s 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.

His 9 Open Championship starts in England have earned him a best of T31 and 4 missed cuts. In stark contrast in Scotland he has reaped six top 20 finishes and just 2 missed cuts. Throw in the fact that he’s finished T4 and T10 at Royal Troon and there’s every reason to be interested - and that’s before we’ve looked at his major record this term. Ah. How do we make sense of it? T2 in the Masters but widely believed to have shied away from the win when playing partner Danny Willett stood up to the plate. And then T32, having started the final round T4, at the U.S. Open when playing with eventual winner Dustin Johnson. If Westwood doesn’t want to be remembered for being Johnson’s loyal marker that day he needs to win a major soon, but are shadows of his major demons growing too large?
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Lee Westwood styled a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the two-day third round of the 116th U.S. Open to reach 2-under 208, up four places to T3 with play still in progress.

The 43-year-old is making his 73rd major championship appearance, most among active players without a major victory. He opened his 17th U.S. Open in 67-72 to begin the third round in a four-way T7, three shy of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. The Englishman, who is not a TOUR member for 2015-16, got 15 holes completed and was 1-under on his lap when play was suspended Saturday. Prior, he outpaced bogeys on 4, 7, 10 and 12 with birdies on 2, 9, 14 and a hole-out eagle-2 at the fifth from 130 yards away, his second hole-out eagle of the tourney. Westwood returned on Sunday to par his final three holes.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 07:50:00 AM

Lee Westwood held the lead, swallowed six bogeys in nine holes and birdied two of the last three in an eventful second-round 2-over-par 36-36=72 at the U.S. Open which left him three off the pace.

One back after an opening 67 at Oakmont, the Englishman's bid for an overdue first major title took another upward turn with birdies at 1 and 4 moving him into the outright lead at 5-under. But a bogey at 6 turned the momentum and Westwood then bogeyed the par 4s at 7, 9, 10, 11 and 14 to slip outside the top 15. To his credit, he rallied late by draining a 29ft birdie at 16 before converting from 7ft for another circle at the last. At 1-under 139 he's T7 on the live leaderboard and three behind leader Dustin Johnson. Westwood's usually strong iron play was loose today as he could only hit 8 greens in regulation after splitting 9 (of 14) fairways. He took 29 putts, three more than than in round one.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 01:57:00 PM

Lee Westwood torched Oakmont Country Club with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during the opening round of the 116th U.S. Open Championship, placing him one off the lead of Andrew Landry at the time he signed his card.

The Englishman opened on the back nine Thursday at 8:13 a.m. and finished up nearly 25 hours later, following a trio of rain delays. Westwood split 10 (of 14) fairways on the round to keep himself in scoring position, throughout. The highlight of the round was a 124-yard hole out for eagle at the par-4 14th hole. His play on the greens was highlighted by a 19-footer for birdie at the par-5 fourth hole. On the whole, this was mostly generated by great approach play but his short game was more than serviceable on the way toward the three birdies and an eagle. Westwood arrived with nine podium finishes in his major championship career, so he is in a very familiar position near the top.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 09:10:00 AM