Lee Westwood can’t seem to buy a break in a major championship. That doesn’t mean that the man from Worksop, England has struggled this season, however. Despite a lack of checkmarks in the win column Westwood has eight top 10 finishes worldwide in 2013 – seven of which have come in PGA Tour events.
The WGC – Bridgestone Invitational is Westwood’s first tournament since finishing tied for third at the Open Championship a few weeks ago. He took a week off to clear his head and rest his body and hopes to come into this event ready to go. Westwood has displayed solid form this year, as his record indicates. He’s only missed one cut on the PGA Tour and has finished in the top 25 in nine of the 14 events he has entered.
One area that has plagued Westwood for much of his career has been putting, and this season has been much of the same. He currently ranks 160th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained – putting. It’s exceedingly difficult to pick up wins against the best players in the world when you’re not converting opportunities with the short stick. It seems as if the closer he gets to the pin, the shakier Westwood gets. He ranks 24th in total driving and 96th in greens in regulation. Despite those unimpressive stats, he has still managed to come it at 11th in scoring average.
He has a good history at Firestone Country Club, as well. Westwood has four top 10 finishes in his last five starts at this track. Coming off of a week of rest and a solid showing at the British Open, I wouldn’t be surprised if Westwood capitalizes on his game off of the tee and makes some noise this week.