Westwood shows off lighthearted side

Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – My favorite moment of the week so far came when Lee Westwood was asked about his longtime friend and manager Chubby Chandler going for the so-called “Chubby Slam” this week at the PGA Championship. Chandler’s clients have won the year’s first three majors.

“I’m not impressed with his preparation,” Westwood cracked. “I’ve seen him drinking a bit, he’s not been in the gym, haven’t seen him on the range yet. I wouldn’t hold out much hope for him. He gets a bit flat at the back (of the swing) and bounces it off his shoulder occasionally.

“He doesn’t function well in the heat. He drinks a lot but not water, unless you count tonic water.”

At that point, Westwood noticed Chandler in the back of the room.

“Sorry, Chub,” he said. “I didn’t see you back there. You don’t really bounce it off the shoulder.”

Westwood worked with sports psychologist Bob Rotella last week, and both men said his goal is to be more light-hearted and relaxed at tournaments.

It appears he’s succeeding.

Another change with Westwood is that he says he has lost nine pounds the last three weeks through improved diet and rigorous exercise. The other day he set a personal best in deadlift.

How much weight did he lift?

“Three hundred fifty-four pounds,” Westwood said. “A Chubby and a quarter.”

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