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May 28 2013

3:22 PM

Westwood hopes to 'finish it off'

Lee Westwood talks to the media at Muirfield Village on Tuesday.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

DUBLIN, Ohio -- The biggest challenge is not what you might think.

After all, Lee Westwood has traveled enough around the globe that he's learned how to shake off jet lag. Not to mention, the time change from Surrey, England to Dublin, Ohio is only five hours.

The hardest thing about his most recent trip across the pond is actually something Westwood faces week-in and week-out. 

"It will probably be the case of getting used to the pace of the greens," Westwood said. "Last week they were quite slow compared to THE PLAYERS (Championship).  THE PLAYERS were quite fast compared to Quail Hollow the week before."

Getting over what happened during the final round of the BMW Championship might take a little longer, though. Westwood had appeared well on the way to one of the biggest victories of his career in the European Tour's flagship event only to squander a two-shot lead on Sunday and fall back into a tie for ninth.

Not that he's dwelling on the events at Wentworth.

"Not long, gone now," the amiable Westwood said. "Only lasts about three beers."

Besides, the Englishman, who moved his family to the United States earlier this year, knows he's playing well. He has top-10 finishes in his last four events on the PGA TOUR, including ties for eighth at the Masters and PLAYERS.

Westwood will be playing at the Memorial Tournament this week for just the second time in his career -- and the first since he tied for 28th in 2003. He planned to play nine holes on Tuesday as well as Wednesday's pro-am to get a feel for Muirfield Village.

"It's nice to be back," Westwood said. "... Obviously with Jack's name associated with the TOUR, it's obviously a very prestigious one to win and that's why it attracts such a good field.
   
"I'm playing pretty consistently. Four top-10s on the PGA TOUR, and top-10 last week in Europe. Looking forward to this week, and hopefully just keep playing as I am, and hopefully get in contention and finish it off."

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