Fatigue aside, Westwood well-suited for Olympic
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – Excuse Lee Westwood for laboring through a news conference Tuesday at Olympic Club. His body clock is all out of whack.
“It started shutting down about an hour ago,” Westwood said. “Must have been the anticipation of coming in here.”
Well, yes, the fatigue certainly could have been due to his impending meeting with the press at the U.S. Open. Or, more likely, it was the result of his whirlwind travel schedule, which began with a five-stroke victory last Saturday in Sweden. Despite the jet lag -- there is a nine-hour time difference between San Francisco and Stockholm -- the World No. 3 recounted his past 72 hours in impressive detail:
“I got home at 9:30 on Saturday evening, because we finished a day early (at the Nordea Masters). And then I got up at 6:30 Sunday morning and drove down to Heathrow and got the 11:45 out of Heathrow into San Francisco, and got in about 2. Drove to the hotel, took about half an hour, unpacked, took a shower. Cleaned my teeth and went and had a bit of dinner.”
See, no problem!
Cross-country travel notwithstanding, these are more interesting times for Westwood, 39, on the course. He lost caddie Billy Foster to a knee injury in the spring; Westy’s new looper, Michael “Sponge” Waite, is in his third week on the job. Last week the Englishman made equipment changes to his irons, wedges and putter. Then he won by five.
Best Player Without a Major?
Luke Donald and Westwood share that dubious honor entering the second major of 2012, unfortunately. Though Olympic figures to set up well for both players, it’s particularly well-suited for Westwood with its demands for consistent, crisp ballstriking. Cracked Westy, “I can’t figure out what’s my kind of golf course and what isn’t anymore.”
Fair enough. But when he was asked if he’s playing well heading into this week, Westwood, who has won twice in his past five starts worldwide, quipped, again: “I shot 19 under last week. So I’m playing OK. Was that a trick question?”