Aug
2
2011
Westy in Search of Major-Winning Formula
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Lee Westwood: time for a Stockton intervention

Lee Westwood probably possesses the most consistently impressive long-game in world golf, but while that’s proven enough to rack up strings of podium finishes on both sides of the Atlantic, it has yet to prove the difference on the weekend of a major championship. Enviable ball-striking, it seems, will bring the opportunity to contend, but only explosive putting will get the job done.

With that in mind, the Englishman has turned to Dave Stockton and Bob Rotella for help.

With each instrumental in propelling two of his close friends to major victories this year, the hope is that Rotella and Stockton can work in tandem to purge Westwood’s short-game and putting stroke of the anxiety that has, repeatedly, proven his Achilles heel on the big stage.

Of Westwood’s shaky putting stroke, Stockton had this to say:

“He tended to be very mechanical… And so seeing Rotella tied into what David and I were telling him, to let it go and not be thinking. He clenches his teeth and hardly breathes.”

The Englishman will tee off on Thursday in the company of fellow short-game casualty Graeme McDowell. The latter is also reported to be specifically targeting his performance on and around the putting surfaces after a disappointing 77 in the second round of the Open Championship.

Conor Nagle