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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, 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. Oct 16 - 12:13 PM

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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.
Oct 13 - 8:06 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.
Oct 5 - 3:28 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.
Sep 29 - 7:29 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.
Sep 17 - 11:46 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.
Sep 14 - 9:04 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.
Sep 4 - 11:49 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.
Aug 30 - 8:11 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?
Jul 11 - 10:36 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.
Jun 19 - 7:50 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.
Jun 18 - 1:57 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.
Jun 17 - 9:10 AM

Three-time Nordea Masters champion Lee Westwood got his hunt for a record-breaking fourth title off to a great start with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 opening round.

The Englishman, previously a winner of this event in 1996, 2000 and 2012, cruised the Bro Hof Slott track to take lunch just one shot back of the four leaders who posted 5-under. Beginning at the 10th he started well with birdies at that hole and the 12th. A bogey-6 on No. 13 was a blow, but he responded with more red at 14 and 18. He closed with a final pair of par breakers at 5 and 9, with a bogey in between at No. 8. He hit 14 greens and his two bogeys came when he failed to save par from the fringe. His clumsy short game almost cost him on the 9th too, when he could only chip to 20 feet, but he converted the distant chance.
Jun 2 - 9:06 AM

As the leaders faltered Lee Westwood found himself in contention for the BMW PGA Championship after a third round 4-under-par 33-35=68 left him 7-under 209 for the week.

The Englishman was bogey-free on Saturday, quite a feat on a day when the overnight leaders were tripping over the scorecard at regular intervals. The par breakers came in pairs. The first two at 4 and 5, the second to close at 17 and 18. He's now completed hat-tricks of birdies for the week at both 4 and 17. He crushed 16 greens in regulation and saved par both times he missed the dance floor. "A couple of mental errors," was his assessment of those errant long shots after the round, before discussing a turnaround in confidence. "To play well at Augusta with the world's best players, it gave me confirmation that I've still got the game to complete." He heads into the final round in a tie for third with YE Yang, two back of leader Scott Hend.
May 28 - 11:41 AM

World No. 67 Lee Westwood, runner-up in 2010, spun a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the 80th Masters to wrap his 17th appearance on 2-under 286, up six places on the leaderboard to co-runner-up, three adrift of champion Danny Willett. Westwood pocketed $880,000 in non-PGA TOUR member earnings.

The 42-year-old struggled to get into this year's edition after ending last year exactly at No. 50 in OWGR. He won't have to worry about that for 2017. The Englishman, grouped with the would-be-champ in the fourth-to-last pairing, began the final round on 1-over (T8), four shy of 54-hole leader and defender Jordan Spieth. He opened with a 3-putt bogey from 37'0" but rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7. Westwood added a third circle at the par-4 ninth from 12'0" to turn 2-under. He bogeyed the 10th (failed scramble) and 3-putted the 16th from 47'0" for bogey-4, but erased them with a birdie on the par-5 13th and a chip-in eagle-3 on 15 from 25 yards for his third career runner-up in 72 major appearances (2010 Masters; 2010/Open Championship).
Apr 10 - 8:23 PM