SAN DIEGO — Lee Westwood had a terrific run of golf in March, with back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship. Since then, his kind has sagged with just one top-20 end in seven tournaments.
That hasn’t prevented Westwood from having fun with life. He married his longtime girlfriend and caddie, Helen Storey, final week in Las Vegas, the place he posted an image and this message on Instagram: “Not simply right here for the hockey! We stated I do! #VivaLasVegas.’’
“This week’s going to be new — it’s going to be husband and wife,” Westwood stated Wednesday forward of the U.S. Open. “She might kind of give me the elbow a bit more often, but it’s a very relaxed relationship anyway. We just enjoy ourselves, trying to have a good time out there.”
Asked if this week will depend because the honeymoon, Westwood joked, “Should do, shouldn’t it? I keep telling her that, but I think she’s got her eye on somewhere where I don’t take the golf clubs.”
Rory McIlroy delivered a considerably shocking take when requested if he thinks the USGA ought to now not play U.S. Opens at public golf programs like Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black.
“I’d be in favor of that, I like that,’’ he stated. “When you consider a U.S. Open, I feel you consider the long-lasting venues that it has been performed on. Obviously, Pebble being one, even like going again to ’13 at Marion, I believed was an enormous success. I believed that was a extremely nice U.S. Open. Obviously, Shinnecock. There’s programs which are simply synonymous with U.S. Opens. I don’t actually suppose we have to go too far outdoors of these.
“It’s kind of labored for the Open Championship. They have a rota of three or 4 programs. I feel the explanation Augusta has develop into what it’s develop into is as a result of individuals are so accustomed to it. Year after 12 months, folks tune in, they know the holes on TV, and I feel that’s one of many causes the Masters has develop into the spectacle that it’s.’’
The PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Committee has voted to ban greens books at tournaments. Currently, the one event that forbids them is the Masters.
“I take advantage of a greens guide and I’d wish to eliminate them,’’ stated McIlroy, who’s on the PAC board. “For the larger good of the sport, I’d wish to see them be outlawed and for them not for use anymore. It’s simply taking away a ability that takes time and follow to be mastered. Reading greens is an actual ability that some individuals are higher at than others, and it simply nullifies that. It nullifies that benefit that folks have. I feel it’s made everybody lazier. People don’t put within the time to arrange the best way they used to.’’
Why is Brooks Koepka so constantly higher enjoying in main championships than he’s in common PGA Tour occasions?
“Just extra focus,’’ stated Koepka, who’s received 4 main championships and whose performances in non-majors is typically pedestrian by comparability. “Sometimes I simply get lackadaisical on the market. It’s robust to type of actually focus for me. It’s one thing I’ve got to work on in common occasions, being somewhat extra in tune and not simply all the time wanting on the majors and being on mentally for 5, six, seven hours out right here. It’s undoubtedly completely different.’’
The greatest cumulative rating to par in majors since 2016 is Koepka’s 82-under par. Dustin Johnson is subsequent at 23-under adopted by Xander Schauffele at 20-under.
The greatest cumulative rating to par because the starting of 2020 is Scottie Scheffler at 18-under, adopted by Johnson at 15-under, Jon Rahm at 14-under, Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed at 13-under.
There are anticipated to be between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators per day this week at Torrey Pines, in line with the USGA.