Lee Westwood - December 6, 2011


Westwood won the Nedbank Golf Challenge last week in South Africa and is now in Dubai for the season-ending Dubai World Championship on the European Tour. His third round 62 at Sun City was one of his best if not the best round he has played all year. He was able to bring his entire game together in that round. He is very happy with the way he played in 2011 but although he played well in the Majors, he did not win and that is a disappointment. The last few years have been very special in the Majors but he really wants to finally win one.

He had been considering returning to the PGA TOUR for the past few years and when he watched  the PGA TOUR Playoffs this year, he thought it was very exciting and it was something that he wanted to be a part of. Luke Donald has proven that he can play on both tours and have a great deal of success so he wants to give it a go in 2012. He will definitely add THE PLAYERS and the Wells Fargo Championship to his schedule next year. This year, he missed those events because he was in Asia but he wants to return to those events in 2012 along with his usual stops at places like the Honda Classic and the Shell Houston Open.

He feels that he has his fitness at a level that he wants and as a result, he feels that he can play three or four events in a row all over the world. He has been a world traveler for years and he intends to continue to do that. The events in the Middle East, most notably Abu Dhabi, are great events with great fields and he thinks that players should take advantage of any opportunity to play there. South Africa, namely Sun City, is also a great place to play. In Europe, the French Open is a great event that not enough players take advantage of an opportunity to play in.

He and Rory McIlroy are very good friends and they needle each other as well as a lot of other players. They were both a part of ISM for a long time and they have spent time with each other and played golf with each other since Rory left ISM for Horizon.

In regards to his quotes about Asia being good enough to host a Major, he feels that he was misquoted. He believes that the four Major system that exists is a great system and does not think that there is room for a fifth Major. What he was trying to do was give credit to China and other spots in Asia for hosting world-class events on great courses that produced a Major Championship feel.