Westwood Continues Climb Back To Top
Lee Westwood’s re-birth as one of the world’s top golfers continued in Ireland at the weekend.
Just a fortnight after the former European No.1’s first top 10 finish for more than two years at the K-Club’s European Open, Westwood again showed his love for the Emerald Isle.
The 30-year-old finished 11th at the Irish Open and once again demonstrated the kind of tee to green accuracy that took him into the world’s top 10.
"This is the most confident I have seen Lee in quite some time and it says a great deal about the hard work he has been putting in on his game," said ISM chief Chubby Chandler. "I have been convinced for quite some time now that Lee would win before the end of the season and last weekend re-enforced my feelings".
Westwood shot 70-72-69-73 to trail play-off winner Michael Campbell by seven shots in a week when he could easily have been at least five shots better.
"The old feelings are starting to return and I feel good about most aspects of my game again," said Westwood. "I don’t think I’m far away".
Charl Schwartzel, one of a posse of bright young players from ISM’s South African stable, once again highlighted his unbelievable talent with another top 20 finish while Paul McGinley celebrated his call-up to the US PGA with a second round 66, the second lowest round of the week.