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Lee Westwood

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

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Making his first start this season on the PGA TOUR, non-member and sponsor invite Lee Westwood coughed up a 4-over-par 36-40=76 in the third round of the Houston Open and at 1-under 215, will not have a Sunday tee time along with 14 others.
A total of 90 players made the 36-hole cut, requiring a second cut of low 70 and ties after 54 holes, which fell at 3-under 213. The 44-year-old opened with 69-70, two shots inside the cut line, but outbalanced four birdies with four bogeys and two doubles in Round 3. This was his first TOUR start since a T67 at the PGA Championship 33 weeks ago. The World No. 90's last season as a TOUR member was 2015 (109th in FedExCup) but decided to not take up membership for 2016. Had the 44-year-old won this week, it would've earned him his 80th overall major appearance. As it stands, he'll miss his first major since the 2010 PGA, and his first Masters since 2004. Other MDFs: 214- Jonathan Byrd; Joel Dahmen; Bill Haas; Scott Brown .. 215- Jason Kokrak; Ben Silverman; Kelly Kraft; Scott Stallings .. 216- Fabian Gomez; Richy Werenski .. 217- Jhonattan Vegas; Brandt Snedeker .. 219- Padraig Harrington .. 220- Dominic Bozzelli. Mar 31 - 6:25 PM

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World No. 90 Lee Westwood has been quiet over the last month but is back in action this week for the Houston Open.

The Englishman has been out of action for the last six weeks following a T40 at the World Super 6 Perth. There is no injury suspected but this will be his first start since, enjoying time with family in the meantime. After the World Super 6 he told his fans on social media that his next start on the Euro Tour wouldn't come until the BMW PGA in May. Now he'll return his focus to the PGA TOUR where he was last seen in August of last year (PGA Championship). Westwood is not currently qualified for next week's Masters and the only way to play his way in now is a win this week. If he doesn't qualify then he'll snap a 13-year streak of playing at Augusta National. With no competitive rounds for over six weeks, Westwood is a long shot to contend this week in Humble, Texas.
Mar 27 - 12:31 PM

Lee Westwood's decision to make the long-haul flight to Australia continues to pay off after he shot a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in Friday's second round at the World Super 6 Perth to go into the weekend at Lake Karrinyup CC in tie for the 36-hole lead with local hero Brett Rumford on 8-under 136.

The pair are a shot clear of Thorbjorn Olesen, Lucas Herbert, Prom Meesawat and Grant Forrest. For the second day running, Westwood needed just three swipes at the par-5 15th so may be disappointed that it's not one of the holes being used in the matchplay section on Sunday. As well as that eagle, the Englishman made birdies at 4, 6, 7 and 11 whilst swallowing bogeys at 9, 13 and, frustratingly, the 18th. Still, he's in ideal position to make the top 24 who qualify for Sunday's matchplay and a top eight finish would give him the added benefit of a bye through to the last 16 of day four's head-to-head matches. "I'm just trying to shoot as low as possible," said Westwood. "I know if I carry on playing like I'm playing and a few putts start to go in, because I didn't really hole any putts today, I'll be thereabouts on the leaderboard. To be perfectly honest, matchplay is anybody's. You're going to need a lot of luck to win it."
Feb 9 - 6:09 AM

An eagle at his sixth hole of the day helped Lee Westwood thrash a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the first round of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, his morning lap of Lake Karrinyup CC putting the Englishman in solo second place and just two shots behind early pacesetter Brett Rumford.

Westwood showed some real sparkle with a second-round 62 in last week's Maybank Championship in Malaysia (T11) and he's making an early impression here too. The former World No. 1 (now ranked 73rd), started with a par at 10 before posting red at 11 and 12. After a couple of pars at 13 and 14 he made big jump at 15 after holing a lengthy chip for eagle-3. The Ryder Cup veteran hit 7-under thanks to further gains at 2, 3 and 6 to tie the lead but there was a two-shot swing on 8 as a Westwood bogey against a birdie from playing partner Rumford allowed the local man to kick clear. "I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch up really," he said. "You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24." That's a reference to this week's format whereby the top 24 after three days of strokeplay qualify for the matchplay shootout in Sunday's final round.
Feb 8 - 3:06 AM

Lee Westwoood thrashed a magnificent 10-under-par 31-31=62 to set the 36-hole clubhouse target in the Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10-under 134.

The Englishman notched no fewer than 11 birdies in his lowest Asian Tour round since he opened the 2011 Thailand Golf Championship with a 60 (and later completed victory). A two-time Malaysian Open champion, including once at Saujana in 1997, he was again right at home on the course. Amazingly he was 2-over through 10 holes of his first round but has been electric since then. Playing the back nine first on Friday his first move was to tick a pair at 12 and 13, but the real move came around the turn: three in a row to hit it (at 16, 17 and 18), then two accelerating out of it (at 1 and 2). The only dropped shot of the day followed at No. 4 but he bounced back with birdie at the next hole and closed a remarkable day's work with a hat-trick at 7, 8 and 9. He was joined on 10-under by fellow early wave starters Marc Warren and Yuta Ikeda.
Feb 2 - 3:21 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 08:25:00 AM

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.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 04:16:00 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.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 09:34:00 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.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 04:58:00 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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 08:54:00 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).
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:36:00 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.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:23:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 05:27:00 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.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 03:50:00 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.
Sat, May 27, 2017 12:26:00 PM