August 7 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AKRON, Ohio -- Lee Westwood saved his best round for last at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Westwood's 65 on Sunday tied Aaron Baddeley and Matt Kuchar for the low of the day and gave the Englishman a top-10 finish at 9 under. Equally importantly, it sent Westwood off to the PGA Championship with a boost of confidence.
Westwood had been searching after missing the cut at the British Open. He enlisted the aid of sports psychologist Bob Rotella, who works with his friend Darren Clarke, and short-game guru Dave Stockton, who has consulted with Rory McIlroy --- with the fact that both Northern Irishmen have won majors this year not lost on Westwood.
"It's been pretty good," Westwood said of his performance at Firestone. "I haven't hit many bad shots. I think I've missed -- not counting semi-rough where sometimes it runs off these fairways -- probably three fairways so that's pretty good golf around here. I have not missed many greens either."
Westwood, who used 27 putts on Sunday, said he felt he was making progress in his putting.
"It's moving along nicely," he said. "I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but today I felt a lot more confident on the greens, and saw the ball setting off on the line that I picked a lot more often."
And Westwood is actually looking forward to playing Atlanta Athletic Club, which by all accounts will feature severe rough and challenging greens for next week's PGA. "That's good the way I'm hitting the ball, the harder the better," he said.