Lee Westwood is playing Torrey Pines for the first time since the 2008 U.S. Open. When asked how he feels about coming back, he said, “I forgot how beautiful a spot it was…I’m looking forward to this week. It’s a good golf course for me this week.”
Westwood is hopeful his reunion with his former caddie, Billy Foster, will lead to a successful season, “I obviously played well when he was caddying for me a couple years ago, got to World No. 1, so hopefully he can be the catalyst for getting my game back into shape.”
Westwood graded his performance in 2013 as average, “Last year was pretty average. I gave myself a few chances to win tournaments, most notably the Open Championship and probably at Quail Hollow…But I played consistently well, but not good enough really, so obviously I’m trying to improve certain areas of my game.”
Flashback: At the ’08 US Open, Westwood finished one shot out of a playoff, and said, “I lost momentum in the middle of the round there on 10, 12 and 13 I think it was, second shot on the par 5…I was going for it in two and I made 6. That was really sort of a mental error.” Lee added, “I’m naturally an aggressive player,” and at that moment, his aggressive style of play cost him
Westwood’s instincts will serve him well this week. The greens have some firmness to them, but many pins are accessible with a well-crafted shot. Playing aggressively will lead to plenty of birdies, and a chance at the title.