Lee Westwood (pictured) has made a solid start to the Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour which seems even better in the context of the upheaval of moving his permanent home from England to the United States. Westwood and his family now live in the Palm Beach Gardens part of Florida and he is playing on his local course this week.
Westwood’s home in Britain was the Midlands town of Worksop. This area didn’t get the worst of the winter weather but Westwood’s was always at a disadvantage to his contempories as he could not practice properly during the close season. He was always playing catch up and that meant he had ground to make leading to the US Masters in April.
Westwood is the only player in the history of the game to finish inside the top 3 of each of the four major championships without winning one. He has had a very successful career which has included 39 professional wins and eight appearances in the Ryder Cup, six times on winning European teams.
The English player has won tournaments on six of the global Tours. His greatest success has been in Europe where he has recorded 22 of his professional wins. He has reached the pinnacle of the world game by heading the world rankings without winning a major.
Some commentators, including Sir Nick Faldo, have questioned the validity of a system that allows a player to be the world number one without winning a major. However, Westwood’s consistency over a number of years in regular tournaments and major championships earned him the position at the head of the standings.
Westwood probably has another five years at the top so he has 20 opportunities to win a major. Moving to the States gives him his best chance of winning that elusive first major title and the process has begun with a decent start in this week’s Honda Classic.