PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Lee Westwood has not made much of the West Coast swing, finishing 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open and missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Now Westwood comes to the Los Angeles area, where he has played seven times since 2000 and compiled only one top-10 finish – at T-5 in 2006 – at Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s Northern Trust Open
Now it turns out that Westwood’s honeymoon with swing instructor Sean Foley was terminated at the end of last year.
“I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more,” Westwood said at Riviera. “I didn’t feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn’t really fit what I wanted to do.”
In the early days of the Foley/Westwood relationship, Westwood spent a lot of time on TrackMan to learn about launch angle and spin.
The information prompted Westwood to add loft to his driver, a change that lasted as long as the relationship. Westwood since has returned to his lower driver loft.
“I have things in the pipeline,” Westwood said about finding a new instructor “Nobody has got any need to apply.”
Westwood may not have to look further than his current caddie, Billy Foster.
Foster had been on Westwood’s bag for years and then lost his job after an injury just before the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.
During the ensuing 19 months, Westwood has not won on the PGA Tour and has one runner-up finish, at the 2012 BMW Championship.
But starting at the World Challenge in December, Foster was back on the bag as Westwood seeks to regain the form that led to 22 weeks at World No. 1 in 2010 and 2011. Both have studied video of Westwood’s former swing.
“I felt like I had the game that got me to World No. 1,” said Westwood, an Englishman whose 36 worldwide victories include two on the PGA Tour but no major championships. “And I was working on stuff that I didn’t work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before.”