ATLANTA – Lee Westwood, the fourth-ranked player in the world, had a scorecard in the Tour Championship first round that resembled a volatile day on Wall Street: eight bogeys, six birdies and four pars.
“Stock-market golf,” said Westwood, smiling after the 2-over 72. “You can use that, can’t you?”
Consider it used.
Westwood figures he probably has had that kind of crazy card at some point over the years but “not in recent memory.”
Considered perhaps the game’s best driver, the Englishman hit but seven fairways in his first competitive round at East Lake Golf Club. It follows that he hit but 10 greens in regulation, and when he missed, he had trouble getting up and down. Three times he found sand, and only once did he save par. His 30 putts included a three-putt green.
Years ago, when asked how he four-putted a green, Seve Ballesteros said, “I meese, I meese, I meese, I make.” That came to mind Thursday when Westwood wryly explained how he made eight bogeys: “I missed eight chances for par.”
That, we knew. But he shrugged off the inconsistency playfully.
“It was just one of those days,” Westwood said. “This being my first time around here, I wasn’t sure of some putts. I wasn’t sure of the feel on some putts.”