Westwood Looking to Shed Blues at Smurfit


Lee Westwood didnt win last weeks Murphys Irish Open, but he finally showed signs that he may soon be back in the winners circle.
Westwood will try and become the first player to win this weeks Smurfit European Open three times.
The 29-year-old Englishman captured the title in both 1999 and 2000. His victory two years ago was a part of a five-win season, one in which he ended Colin Montgomeries seven-year reign at the top of the Order of Merit money list.
Westwood, however, has not won since the 2000 campaign. Amazingly, it wasnt until last week at the Fota Island Golf Course that he finally fired a sub-70 round on the European Tour in 2002. Westwood opened in 67-68 to move into contention at the Irish Open, but slipped over the weekend with rounds of 72-70 to finish tied for 19th.
Westwoods good friend Darren Clarke is the defending champion. He became the first Irishman to win a tournament on his home soil since John OLeary triumphed in the 1982 Irish Open.
Clarke, from Northern Ireland, closed with a 6-under 66 for a 15-under-par total of 273, and a three-stroke victory over Irishman Padraig Harrington, Ian Woosnam and Thomas Bjorn.
Once again, an immaculate field has assembled at the K Club. Retief Goosen, 1986 winner Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Adam Scott, Michael Campbell, Fred Funk and Justin Rose join all ten of the European Ryder Cup qualifiers.
Full field and tee times for the Smurfit European Open