Lee Westwood (pictured) is the only golfer ever to finish in the top three in all four majors and never win one. He has decided to move his family to the States to give himself the best opportunity to win that first elusive major championship.
Westwood’s home town in England is Worksop in the Midlands. Even during mild winters he was not able to practice fully and always started the season at a disadvantage to most other professionals.
When he lived in Worksop, Westwood used the early season tournaments to refine his game and that meant he was not at his best at the start of the year. Other players had more momentum in the run-up to the US Masters.
The English player has swapped Worksop for a new life in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. The weather is now not an issue which means Westwood can practice on any day he chooses. England is currently in a cold snap and most of the country has had snow which would have prevented Westwood from venturing onto the course or practice ground.
If he has stayed at home Westwood would have been preparing for his first event at the Dubai Desert Classic by clearing practice areas from snow. He would not have been able to hone his short game as the ground would have remained hidden under winter snow.
During the extended break for Christmas and New Years, Westwood has been playing in money matches against Luke Donald. Time will tell how much that will help Westwood but competing against one of the best players in the world will surely be more beneficial than struggling against the elements back in England.
At 39, Westwood has about than five years at the top which means he will be a genuine contender in the next 20 majors. He has committed to moving his family so he can prepare for the majors and work on his game all year round.
Over the past two years Westwood has slipped from number one in the world to eighth and at this stage of his career he knew he had to make the move to prevent further movement in the wrong direction in the world rankings.
Westwood reports that his two young children have adjusted well to their new life. They are at a good age to move but a settled family is important if Westwood is to thrive on the US PGA Tour. He won’t play in Europe until the PGA Championship in May and will be playing in America until then.
Westwood has 39 professional wins to his name, including 22 in Europe. He has won tournaments on each of the six global Tours. He has moved to the States to add a major championship to that tally and leaves Worksop and his beloved Nottingham Forest Football Club behind in England.