December 7 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 24 Lee Westwood and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 to watch in 2014.
NO. 24 PLAYER TO WATCH: LEE WESTWOOD
2014 OUTLOOK: There's not much Lee Westwood hasn't done in his career. The 40-year-old has 38 worldwide wins, been an integral part of victorious European Ryder Cup teams and even reached No. 1 in the world. The only thing he hasn't done, of course, is win a major championship, which is where much of his focus is (and should) be. Westwood's first year living in the U.S. full-time went fairly well with a half-dozen top 10s in 19 starts. He also played well in three of the year's four majors with a tie for third at The Open Championship his best result. Expect that trend to continue. -- Brian Wacker
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Westwood broke 70 just once in four rounds in his only start of the new year, at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
The affable Brit is the ubiquitous groomsman in the majors with eight top-three finishes since the 2008 U.S. Open. That'll work just fine for our purposes. Also have to love a career-high 19 starts in 2013 despite not advancing to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
Westwood’s golf swing lends itself to consistent and flush ball-striking as he hits as “heavy” a ball as anyone I’ve watched. It’s a stable, repeating action that does not employ too many unnecessary levers. Once Lee tightens up and improves his scrambling, i.e., pitching and putting, I feel like he will be even more of a force. -- Mark Immelman
The Englishman who was so dedicated to his game that he moved his family to the United States so that he could practice in better conditions year round. He is also a great driver of the golf ball who plays well on hard courses. He lives close to PGA National and could be a winner at The Honda Classic. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Westwood moved to South Florida with the goal of improving his short game. One half of that equation was accomplished in 2013 as Westwood leaped from 191st (48.30 percent) to 21st (61.57) in scrambling. He’s still struggling on the greens, however, ranking 168th in strokes gained-putting, losing .484 shots to the field average. -- Bill Cooney