Notes Three Cheers for Westwood

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NORTON, Mass. -- Lee Westwood isnt alone in the celebration of his first victory since 2000.
 
Its fantastic, said Darren Clarke, who has the same manager as Westwood.
 
Westwood captured this weeks BMW International Open in Germany. He won six times on the European Tour in 2000 and usurped Colin Montgomerie at the top of the Order of Merit.
 
But he had only three top-10s in the last three years, and saw his Official World Golf Ranking plummet from fourth to 215th at the start of the week.
 
For what hes been through these past three years, as much work as hes put in ' his head hasnt dropped. He's kept going and kept going. Its fantastic to see him back in the winners circle again, Clarke said.
 
Clarke left a message for Westwood as he was putting out on the final hole. He said he would try and chat with him Sunday evening, and if not, he would see him Wednesday for a pre-scheduled outing.
 
That could be a long day, said Clarke.
 
Clarke won over $1 million in last weeks WGC-NEC Invitational, and is in contention for the $900,000 first-place prize at this week Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
Asked who would be buying the Guinness, Clark said: I dont mind paying.
 
Englishman Justin Rose was also happy to see his countryman find his winning form.
 
We had dinner last night and said, Wouldnt it be great if he could shoot 64 and win, Rose said. Im very happy for him.
 
Said Tiger Woods, who has competed against Westwood on the European Tour and in past Ryder Cups: He was a great player a few years ago; No. 4 in the world. He was right up there. No one ever wants to see another player play poorly like that. Hes worked hard and its good to see.
 
NOT A WEEKEND WARRIOR
 
Vijay Singh has had no problem getting out of the starting blocks of late, but he seems to stumble or stall down the stretch.
 
Singh started the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship two behind Adam Scott. Scott shot 67 Sunday; Singh 71 Hes now six back.
 
Singh, who won this year in Phoenix and at the Byron Nelson, was tied for the 36-hole lead in the U.S. Open but shot 72-78 over the weekend to tie for 20th.
 
He was two back after 54 holes of the Open Championship, but could only muster a 1-under 70 in the final round and finished tied for second. At the British Open, he was five behind the leaders through two rounds, only to shoot 70 in Round 3 and bottom-out with a 79 on Sunday.
 
Last week, he was one off the 36-hole lead at the WGC-NEC Invitational, but eventually settled for a tie for sixth.
 
BEWARE THE WEARY
 
Jonathan Kaye is a little weary, but is playing the best golf of his brief career.
 
Kaye earned his first PGA Tour victory at the Buick Classic. He also finished second at the NEC.
 
He is now alone in second place at the Deutsche Bank following a third-round 63; three strokes off the lead.
 
Kaye has played six of the last seven weeks, and the one week he didnt compete, he still played his fair share of golf.
 
Kaye was awarded a one-year membership at Westchester Country Club, site of the Buick Classic, and went to enjoy his privileges during his week away from tour.
 
I have some relatives up there that support me and they come out every year and dredge through the mud out there, so I figured it would be a nice thing to do to take them out and play the course, he said.
 
I was there for three days. We played Winged Foot, Glen Arbor and Westchester.
 
FAXON REJUVINATED
 
When Brad Faxon shot 4-over 75 in the first round, he knew that he would miss out on more than just a paycheck should he miss the cut.
 
Faxon, a Rhode Island native, fired a 66 Saturday to finish at 1-under-par 141; just creeping inside the even-par cutline.
 
He returned in Round 3 with a 68 to get to 4 under for the tournament. And though he wont win this week, hes certainly enjoying the experience.
 
I dont get the crowd support like this everywhere I play, said Faxon, who is a local celebrity.
 
This has made me appreciate a little bit ' sometimes, I get so serious and worried about so many things. They want to see good golf and thats the bottom line out there. When I watched Annika (Sorenstam) at Colonial and Suzy Whaley at Hartford, the big smiles they had ' they really enjoyed playing. I have not been enjoying playing as much as I know I can.
 
At least until he returned to New England.
 
I feel very enthused this week with the crowd, he said. They have really helped me to play golf.
 
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