Laid-back Lee Westwood finds himself in competition early at Honda Basic


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – So, yeah, Lee Westwood nonetheless cares the place his ball goes. It’s simply that simply doesn’t care fairly as a lot anymore.
At 46, he isn’t as intensely invested as he was in his prime.
And that’s proving splendidly liberating.
Only a month faraway from successful the Abu Dhabi Championship for his 25th European Tour title, Westwood is within the early hunt on the Honda Basic.
A 3-under 67 left Westwood one shot behind fellow Englishman Tom Lewis and American Harris English. Notably, all three of them are taking part in on sponsor exemptions.
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“I believe once you’re youthful, you set a bit extra stress on your self,” Westwood stated. “You type of neglect that you simply’re taking part in a sport and taking part in golf, and it’s extremely unpredictable. You deal with it too severely, nearly. I am practically 47, simply on the market having enjoyable.”
Sure, Westwood is being requested about his probabilities of making the European Ryder Cup workforce for the 11th time, after failing to make the workforce as a participant in 2018, serving as a substitute as a vice captain, however . . . 
“Successful early on within the yr has clearly given me a giant elevate and a giant confidence enhance, however I’ve not set any targets as in I need to win the majors, I need to win the cash record, I need to qualify for the Ryder Cup workforce, issues like that,” he stated. “I determine if I simply maintain engaged on my golf swing, maintain bettering that, hitting extra good photographs and fewer dangerous ones, I’ll begin scoring even decrease. And if I try this, then I really feel comfy on the golf course and relaxed, then the wins are going to come back after which the advantages from there come.”
Westwood extremely recommends this much less obsessive and intense strategy.
“Everyone ought to play like that,” he stated. “Everyone who’s out right here is in a privileged place with nothing to lose. We must always all be having enjoyable.”

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