Category: Lee Westwood

September 04, 2013

Westwood says Spieth should be Prez Cup pick

Posted at 10:20 AM by Pete Madden

Fred Couples and Nick Price will announce their respective Presidents Cup captain's picks today at 2 p.m., and the debate about what golfers deserve the final two spots on Team USA has tracked along familiar lines -- youth vs. experience.

Britain's Lee Westwood has joined the chorus of voices in favor of 20-year-old rookie sensation Jordan Spieth, who recently finished T4 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston to attach an exclamation point to his candidacy.

Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson have also been floated as possible selections to play at Muirfield Village in October.

(Photo: Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

August 12, 2013

After a meltdown on the course, Westwood melts down on Twitter

Posted at 1:19 PM by Josh Sens


It’s been hailed as a source for social change and font of vital breaking news.

But let’s not forget Twitter’s most prominent purpose: giving athletes a forum to say things they’ll regret.

As the latest case in point, consider Lee Westwood, who, hours after falling short at the season’s final major, slipped into a social-media spiral that was not the proudest moment of his career.

Responding to “the haters” who had criticized him for his closing round 76 at the PGA Championship (a six-over showing that dropped him from distant contention into a tie for 33rd) Westood logged online and let fly with a flurry of expletive-spiced taunts and retorts.

To those who questioned his commitment, Westwood offered: “Like I give a f---k what the haters say! That’s life! Some people will always be just a little bit better and work just a little bit harder.”

To a tweeter who claimed he deserved all the heat, Westwood wrote: “I tried all the way. And you’re a tw@t.!”

To another who suggested he was too thin-skinned, Westood replied that he wasn’t fond of criticism from “unachieiving (sic) low life’s.”

He added, for good measure: “Come on you girly boy trolls! I’ve only won two million on the course this year. Need to keep me entertained a bit longer than this.”

In his tweets, Westwood noted that his ire was not aimed at “my decent human being followers of course. Just the p-*** that should be locked up by the twitter police.”

He also acknowledged that he’d been drinking.

“In wine there is truth,” the ancient Greeks said.

But in the Twittersphere, getting to the truth requires a bit of parsing.

Here’s one good rule of thumb: when an athlete takes great pains to dismiss his critics, claiming that he doesn’t care what they think, it’s a sure indication that he cares.

 A lot.

And you can’t blame Westwood for feeling stung.

At 40, he’s emerged as a mostly sympathetic figure, often burdened with a weighty title (the Best Player to Never Win a Major) and no doubt scarred by his experiences in the tournaments that matter most. He contended in all four of majors this year, and has carded 8 top-three finishes in majors during his career.

Any armchair Freud can read between the lines of Westwood’s angry tweets and see them as a sign of the frustration he feels toward himself. The “two million” he bragged of winning buys a lot of things, but it clearly hasn’t cured all of Westwood’s pains.

On Monday morning, having slept it off, Westwood took to Twitter again, this time to apologize to his sponsors and “true followers” for his boozy rant.

“It was out of order and out of character, Westy.”

Which leads us to Twitter’s other purpose: as medium for sober morning-after reflection.

If he’s really thinking clearly, Westwood may even come to this conclusion: forgo Twitter in favor of more range time. Or a session with a shrink. Or a vacation in Aruba. Something, anything, that might be productive. Fighting online squabbles isn’t going to help him win the battle within.

(Photos: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

June 14, 2013

VIDEO: Westwood sends ball into bleachers, clanks another off Merion wicker basket

Posted at 1:25 PM by Jeff Ritter

ARDMORE, Pa. -- As Lee Westwood can attest, fans attending the U.S. Open at Merion might be wise to consider bringing along one extra piece of sports equipment: a baseball glove.

Westwood air-mailed his approach shot to the sixth green in his opening round where a bleacher-dwelling fan snagged it out of the air with his bare hands. Westwood flipped him the ball after finishing the hole. It was a nice scene:

Westwood's adventures were far from over. On the 12th hole he was tied for the lead with Phil Mickelson when his approach shot caromed off the wicker basket mounted atop the pin and rolled off the front of the green. Westwood went on to make a double-bogey six, and he hasn't had a piece of the lead since.

May 23, 2013

Lee Westwood artfully dodges Tiger-Sergio questions

Posted at 12:55 PM by Coleman McDowell

Lee_300Lee Westwood just wants to talk about his beard [in embryonic state at right].

In his Wednesday press conference before the BMW PGA Championship, Westwood was peppered with questions regarding Sergio Garcia's comments about Tiger Woods made at a European Tour gala awards evening earlier this week.

Westwood initially said Tiger wouldn't be bothered by Sergio's comments. He followed by saying he didn't even know what Sergio said. The next logical question should have been: "How can you know Tiger won't be bothered then?" But it wasn't. It only led to a reporter trying to explain Sergio's comments while simultaneously interrupted by Westwood.

The former world's No. 1 player summed up his thoughts on the matter with: "It's just an awkward situation where they just obviously don't get on. You know, you guys all stoke it up as much you can and sometimes you don't need to. Not really any of my business. I fortunately get on well with both of them. But I have no interest in getting in the middle of that relationship, if there is one."

He was pressed to comment. "You didn't hear what I said then," Westwood said. "Said I had no interest in getting in the middle of that relationship. There is no follow‑up to that answer.  Can we move on to the beard?"

But no one wants to talk about the beard. We just need to know Westwood's thoughts on Sergio's fried chicken "joke."

"McGregor (Westwood's fitness coach) has not let me eat fried chicken for three or four years because it goes straight on my hips," Westwood said. "Now I'm 40, I have to now seriously think about what I'm eating."

Such a graceful side-step.

"I just said two answers ago -– quite sure I said I'm not getting in the middle of that relationship. It's got absolutely nothing to do with me because I get on well with both of them. Any golf questions?"

Better yet, any beard questions?

(Photo: Getty)

February 10, 2013

They Said It! Left and Right spar over Phil's taxes in Top Quotes of Week

Posted at 10:42 AM by Mike Walker

Keithellison_quote1. “I think it’s fair to ask Phil Mickelson to put in a little bit more money to make sure that we can continue to invest in infrastructure in this country.”

--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on tax hikes on the wealthy



Rush_quote2. “He's almost stuck in California, 'cause now if he does move, they're gonna tar and feather him as an ingrate who's somebody shirking their responsibilities, somebody who's failing to meet their patriotic duty.”

--Rush Limbaugh on why Phil Mickelson retreated from his criticism of tax hikes on the wealthy



3. “If you start popping shots for guys, they are going to start moving.”

--Hunter Mahan on why the PGA Tour should give stroke penalties to slow players instead of fines



Westwood_quote4. “We both started playing together. I turned pro at 19 and came on tour and he was still at 12 handicap, so I can't understand the reasons for that.”

--Lee Westwood on playing with his father John in the Pebble pro-am


Goosen_quote5. “The long putter does make it easier on the shorter putts to keep the putter better in line a bit easier.”

--Former anchored putter Retief Goosen on why anchoring is an advantage




6. "It might just be that he goes through a bit of a hiccup for a few months before he gets back into full flow but the Duval story is not something you should just wipe away and not pay attention to."

--Sandy Lyle on Rory McIlory’s adjustment to new clubs



Condi_quote7. “I know how to do diplomacy, I'm not so sure about the golf course."'

--Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on playing with pro-am partner Jason Bohn



Hahn_quote8. “You look over to the right, see the ocean and you think about how cool it would be to be a surfer. And I think the waves are perfect for surfing, and I just want to jump in there...once you just start thinking about that, everything is bound to fall in.”

--James Hahn on keeping his cool atop the leaderboard at Pebble Beach




9. “Most of these guys kicked my butt on the regular tour, and I'm ready to change that.”

--Rocco Mediate on playing in his first Champions Tour event at the Allianz Championship




10. He’s got a real bright future. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and he’s going to be one of the good ones.”

--Tony Romo on Pebble Beach pro-am partner Jordan Spieth


[Photos: Getty Images]

February 03, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Phoenix Open

Posted at 12:58 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_quote1. "It was just so friggin' slow. We played just over three hours and nine holes, and three of them are par threes. It's like, come on, you know. I started losing my patience a little bit."

--Tiger Woods on the slow pace of play in his final round Monday at Farmer Insurance Open


Garrigus_quote2. “I ate at the golf course with my wife and my son, the guy drove us to the private airport, took off at 1:10, flew to the Phoenix airport, got in my car, drove home, unpacked kind of, like chucked my suitcases in the closet, sat down, turned the TV on and Tiger is on 17. And I was like, ‘Wow, is he pissed right now.’”

--Robert Garrigus on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open in the morning and arriving in Phoenix before it ended


Vijay_quote3. “I’m guessing that Vijay Singh doesn’t know the product has been called out by the PGA Tour specifically.”

--Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein on the magazine’s story about how Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.




4. “You have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka.''

--Lee Westwood on Vijay Singh’s deer antler spray




5. “As much as we spend all our time trying to be consistent, it's the inconsistent wins that are probably the most important thing.”

--Padraig Harrington at the Phoenix Open





6. “There's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

--Phil Mickelson after his putt for 59 just lipped out in first round of the Phoenix Open





7. “Obviously the golf gods giveth and they taketh away, so there you have it.”

-- Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, on the missed putt for 59




8. “Golf needs a younger and more athletic image, and Nike has always had that. I'm young enough. I'm not sure I'm athletic enough. But I'll try!"

--Rory McIlroy on his endorsement deal with Nike



Sergio_quote9. “Unfortunately, we started making birdies and eagles, and I thought, ‘Well, what do we do now?’”

 --Sergio Garcia on making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine when he was considering withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Classic with a sore shoulder




10. "I tried to get him to play."

-- Caddie Joe LaCava on his boss Tiger Woods not playing the Northern Trust Open at Riviera this year

November 18, 2012

Westwood, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel and Clarke are moving in at Old Palm

Posted at 2:45 PM by Samantha Glover

Chubby Chandler's stable of golfers have a new home in professional golf's hottest community.

Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke will all make Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., their home course, and Westwood, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have also bought houses at Old Palm, according to a press release from the club and International Sports Management (ISM).

"We are excited to welcome Lee, Louis, Charl and Darren to Old Palm," said Timothy Bright, senior vice president with Clarion Partners, Old Palm's owner/operator. "This group has collected three major championships, 80 wins world-wide, and could literally live anywhere in the world. ISM selecting Old Palm as its North American home is a tremendous honor."

Chandler, the founder of ISM, said: "With its world-class golf amenities, club and convenient location, Old Palm is the ideal location for our North American headquarters."

Chandler's most famous ex-client, Rory McIlroy, also lives in the Palm Beach area, as does Tiger Woods.

October 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tour will require Tiger and Rory to play in next three years

Posted at 10:56 AM by Mark Dee

On Sunday, Sweden's Jonas Blixt, the 75th-ranked golfer in the world, clipped Jason Kokrak (205th) and Tim Petrovic (421st) to win the Open by a shot.

But, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he'll have some stiffer competition defending his first Tour win.

As Ron Kroichick reports, all eight players who skipped the in favor of playing the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals last week will be required by the Tour to head to the Bay Area sometime in the next three years to make up for the event they skipped.

That means some high-profile names could battle Blixt as soon as next year, when the Frys becomes the opening event of the PGA Tour's new calendar. Among them: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan -- all players ranked in the top 20. This year, only two in the top 50 teed it up at CordeValle.

Woods alone is a big boost: According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Frys drew 75,000 fans in 2011, when Tiger played. This year, the tournament president said, the total numbers will not even match the 35,000 who came in 2010.

Next year's incarnation will be played Oct. 7-13, one week after the Presidents Cup. No rest for the world's best.

October 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger's Turkey tournament on schedule despite escalating violence

Posted at 1:35 PM by Mark Dee

Officials for the Turkish World Finals say that the increasingly hot confrontation between Turkey and neighboring Syria won't affect the golf tournament, which has Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the field, according to Tony Jimenez of Reuters.

Sunday marked the fifth straight day of fire exchanged between the Turkish military and forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who have been fighting rebels through northern Syria, just across the border from Turkey, according to Jimenez's report.

But, tournament officials said Monday that the World Finals, which is held in Belek, far from the Syrian border, will continue as planned with Tuesday's first round.

The $5.3 million dollar purse has a first prize of $1.5 million. Woods and McIlroy will be joined in the eight-man field by Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel.


October 02, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Euros party in style after Ryder Cup win

Posted at 11:07 AM by Mark Dee

Francesco Molinari channeling Marilyn Monroe. Rory McIlroy finding his inner Flava Flav. Golfers outdrinking Darren Clarke.

All part of the Europeans' plan to turn Illinois into Ibiza after their shocking comeback, according to Brian Keogh of Irish Golf Desk, who filed a report from the morning after.

"They had a good time," Vice Captain Clarke, who chided himself for bowing out after a mere four glasses of wine, told Keogh. "I’m not sure what state Lee Westwood is in, but I’m sure he’s not the only one."

Judging from what Mike Kerr, Westwood's caddie had to say, that state is worse for wear: “I couldn’t tell you what time the party broke up," Kerr was quoted as saying, "The big joke all night was that it didn’t matter what time we went to bed, because we were all on Rory time.”

It's easy to stay on Rory time, of course, when Rory himself is strolling through the party wearing his large, neck-mounted time-piece.

Former DJ (and one-time indulgence enthusiast) Nicolas Colsaerts was on the 1s and 2s, and…we'll let him speak for himself:

“I haven’t slept. But I’ll be alright. This used to be my first job so it’s okay.”

Asked where the party ranked, he said: “It was just the length of it, the intensity of it after all that work.

“We were just stretching it out and stretching it out. I don’t know how bumpy this plane ride is going to be but I might give it 10 out of 10.

“It was just a good old fashioned party with drinks flying in the air and other stupid stuff going on.

“There were a few Diana Ross wigs and things like that. Frankie Molinari was wearing a blonde one which made him look like Marilyn Monroe!"

We can sympathize with "Frankie," and his impending shame. Can't wait for Colsaerts to upload his Ryder Cup photo album to Facebook. Working title: "Me-WIN-ah."

Related: See the players' party pictures on Twitter

Related: A Europe win or a U.S. collapse?

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