February 7 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Turns out, John Westwood has the same droll sense of humor as his son does.
"He played pretty well today," the patriach of the clan was saying Thursday after Lee finished off a round of 68 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. "You can see where he got his swing from, though, when you look at me. Copies everything that I do."
Lee, who has won nearly 40 events worldwide, was quick to jump into the conversation. "Only a little bit longer," the Englishman said with a grin.
The two are playing together in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time. And Thursday's first round marked John's introduction to the fabled links since the two didn't play a practice round there given his son's familiarity with the course.
"You sort of tick off bucket list courses and Pebble Beach would definitely be one of them," Lee said. "To actually play in a competition in the AT&T with your dad and tick that one off is something really special."
The team is 4 under, which corresponds to Westwood's score. He hit 10 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. He nearly holed a sand wedge from 106 yards out in the fairway at the 11th hole -- but the ball stopped an inch above the hole for one of five birdies on the day.
"You can't normally stop a putt coming down that hill," Westwood said. "So to stop a sand iron when it's spinning back and running down towards the hole; but it's always nice to be able to walk up, take the flag out and tap in. Those are the kind of birdies you like."
Westwood, who is making his 2013 TOUR debut this week, has moved with his family to West Palm Beach, Fla., during the offseason. He says he feels more a part of the PGA TOUR this year because he expects to play 20 or more events rather than just the 15 needed to maintain membership.
"Before I always felt like a European Tour member," Westwood said. "Even though I was a member of the PGA TOUR, I felt like a European Tour member coming over here, not really getting involved in playing enough events. ...
"My game is in good shape and there's a lot of weeks that I have not been to in the last few years that I'm looking forward to going back to again, weeks like this, Arnold Palmer's tournament, Bay Hill, the Memorial are all on the schedule. So it's going to be an exciting year and hopefully a big year."