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All that’s left for Westwood is a major
Question of the Day
Putt like you don’t care.
“You’ll see a routine that I’m comfortable with,” Westwood said. “But you’ll see me not trying.”
As for the mental side?
“Lee is trying to get the best out of himself that he possibly can,” Clarke said. “And obviously, with people _ especially from the same stable _ winning majors all around him, it’s an avenue he has not explored in the past. And certainly working with Dr. Bob can’t do any harm.”
Westwood wanted to be more lighthearted this week, and that much became clear almost immediately. He was introduced in his press conference as No. 2 in the world, playing in his 14th PGA Championship, having tied for third in the PGA two years ago and tying for 44th at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001.
“I made the cut?” Westwood said. “Check on that. Let’s have a look. I don’t think I made any cuts in 2001.”
He had the moderator, Kelly Elbin, get out the PGA record book and thumb back 10 years. Sure enough, Westwood tied for 44th, with a pair of 68s in the middle rounds. Westwood then looked up at the audience and spoke like he knew it all along.
“I played nicely in 2001 and shot a couple of 68s, really loved the course and happy to be back,” he said.
Talking about his fitness routine, which relies on powerlifting, Westwood said he recently deadlifted 354 pounds.
“A Chubby and a quarter,” he said, referring to his burly agent.
And what about Chandler going for a Grand Slam? The question referred to his clients winning the Masters (Charl Schwartzel), U.S. Open (McIlroy) and British Open (Clarke). Westwood jokingly went literal with it.
“I’m not impressed with his preparation,” he said. “He doesn’t function well in the heat. He drinks a lot, but not water, unless you count tonic water.”
Westwood, of course, is not the only player desperate to win a major.
Now that Tiger Woods has been in a slump, on and off the golf course, the majors have been more open to all. Twelve players have won the last 12 majors. There hasn’t been a streak that long in seven years.
So open is golf at the moment that only six of the top 20 players in the world have won majors.
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