Altvater: Lee Westwood is moving to U.S.Written by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The BBC announced June 19 that Lee Westwood will move to the United States to increase his chances of winning an elusive major title.
Westwood, who is 39 years old and has won 36 professional tournaments around the world, has never won a major.
He said, “I haven’t got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can.”
Westwood resides in Nottinghamshire, outside of London and the English weather does not permit him to practice as often as he wants.
He accepted PGA Tour membership this year in an attempt to increase his chances of winning a major and to qualify for the lucrative FedEx Cup Playoffs.
PGA members are required to play in a minimum of 15 PGA-sanctioned events annually. To play a full schedule in the U.S. and also play a few European Tour events presents a very demanding travel schedule.
Other European Tour players that play on the PGA Tour have taken up residences in America: Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy just to name a few.
Westwood has played in 64 major tournaments and has had eight top 10 finishes in the last 14 majors.
He has been a European Tour standout and a leader on the European Ryder Cup Team for many years.
He has won the European Order of Merit twice and been the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year on three occasions.
It’s time for Westwood to win a major or two and become a certain World Golf Hall of Fame candidate.
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