Westwood targets Sawgrass glory
Lee Westwood admits he is looking forward to this week's Players Championship after finishing in a tie for fifth at Quail Hollow.
The 39-year-old only just made the weekend's play at the Wells Fargo Championship but carded a six-under par 66 to shoot up the leader-board on the final day and contend for the title. He was unable to sustain it right to the end and finished on -11 before watching as Rickie Fowler beat DA Points and Rory McIlroy in a three-way play-off to claim his first PGA Tour title. The Englishman had to borrow Fred Couple's caddie, Cayce Kerr, for the North Carolina event as his own bagman, Billy Foster, suffered a leg injury playing football in the lead up to the tournament. And the Worksop-born star admits that it was vital to play all four rounds last week to make sure the partnership works ahead of bigger events to follow. "It was important to birdie one of the last three on Friday to make the cut and give my caddie a couple more days to get used to my game," he told pgatour.com. "Obviously next week is a big week, and clubbing around there doesn't get any easier, so it's good we have the next two days." And the Ryder Cup star confessed that he is upbeat about his chances at Sawgrass later this week as he returns to a venue that has been good to him in the past. "I played well this week aside from some putts, and next week is a golf course I love playing," he added. "It suits my game. I've been in with a chance two or three times around there, so yeah, I'm looking forward to next week."