'Major still within Westwood’s grasp but Thomas proved mind and body have to be spot on'
15/03/2021 | sport | golf | 204
An elusive major is still not beyond Lee Westwood but his narrow loss to Justin Thomas at the Players Championship is evidence you need mind and body working spot on to succeed, writes Iain Carter.
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15/03/2021 12:07:16 4 1
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JT winning really came out of nowhere. His form was poor coming into here but fair play to him.
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16/03/2021 11:31:43 0 0
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Well he has won twice in 2020. He looked imperious from the 3rd round onwards. Going to be a fantastic year in the Majors. Thomas in that sort of form, Spieth turned his game around. Dustin in great form. DeChambeau looks unbeatable most of the time. Reed not far off his best. Not to mention can Rahm, Fleetwood, Hatton, oh and Morikawa. What a year ahead!
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15/03/2021 12:10:07 7 3
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Good luck lee! He has more chance than some of the so called greats, he is enjoying a rich vain presently! Good for him.
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15/03/2021 16:13:48 3 6
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Are you saying he's arrogant and conceited?
Or did you mean 'vein'....
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15/03/2021 12:21:42 10 2
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Could this 48 year old finally win a major...?
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15/03/2021 22:08:17 0 0
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Or 47 even!
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15/03/2021 12:23:57 2 2
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What language do these guys speak? Thomas talks about the headspace he was in!! Just weird.
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15/03/2021 12:28:59 1 0
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Good luck in future tournaments and especially the upcoming Masters. Lee bagged me a little win with an each way bet and ensured I was crossing everything for him up until late yesterday. the guy is a class act - go on then Ill have an each way flutter on him at the Masters! - Look out the over 50 circuit when he qualifies. Cast iron he'll get some senior majors and keep the career going!
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15/03/2021 12:38:44 33 1
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Lee is playing some of the best golf in his life and basically he is freewheeling. If he gets on a roll with the putter at Augusta, a course where he has performed well in the past, who knows?
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DLY
15/03/2021 13:50:09 9 9
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agreed apart from the fact I can't ever recall Lee getting on a aroll with his putter. Short game has always been the downfall.
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15/03/2021 22:14:14 1 0
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I think the pressure has always got to him around the greens. His best years were 98-99-00...

Wait a minute he's been knocking on the door now for a couple of years and is looking better and better.
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15/03/2021 12:49:53 12 0
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Lee shouldn’t be too hard on himself. Looking at the 17th island hole, I’d be happy just to clear the water on that shot!
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15/03/2021 12:52:17 1 2
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This shows how fit Woods and Nicklaus were. 4 days of Big majors/comps can drain you. Westwood look knackered on the back 9 on Saturday.
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16/03/2021 11:55:49 0 0
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To be fair to Westwood Tiger is a few years younger than him and Jack didn't win anything past 46, which is not to say they aren't clearly the two best golfers ever, and Tiger indeed super fit, just age not a comparison as such.
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15/03/2021 12:56:09 4 3
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Westwood played great the first 3 rounds. You could see he was blowing out his arse on Sunday and battling his swing so shooting level par was probably about as good as he could have scored on a very tough course.
Probably contending the previous week and having to grind out another tough Sunday cost him the win here.
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16/03/2021 11:36:32 0 0
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He probably would have liked a few more putts to drop on Saturday then could have had a 3 or 4 shot lead. On the Sunday his normally excellent driving let him down on the first 9.
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15/03/2021 13:02:34 2 10
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Under the circumstances its good to have his partner there caddying for him. Can't help but think if he had a proper caddy on his bag he might have got over the line.
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15/03/2021 15:46:50 4 1
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A guy who as played pro golf for
decades doesn't need a" proper caddy"
This present 1 is doing fine.
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15/03/2021 13:04:48 8 0
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I think Lee has more chance now he's a bit older, less expectation, maybe putting less pressure on himself....just play and enjoy it, that can be a winning formula.

Thomas won't thank you for using that photo exposing his massively receding hair line, Iain!
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no
15/03/2021 13:09:43 2 7
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I like lee westwood ,but that was his last chance ,it wasnt just tiredness he took longer on his tee shots and they went allover the place it has now become a mental thing ,a shame but thats the way it is ,had a great career and whike he enjoys it and can make a million a year good luck to him.
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TT
15/03/2021 13:12:09 3 1
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Would love to see Lee Westwood win a major, and I think he can. He has the game and his persevering attitude is an inspiration.
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15/03/2021 13:17:25 3 2
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Justin Rose......take note of what the great man from Worksop is doing. For $1.9M I’d take two 2nd places! Just like to see the Europeans (oh and the British of course) taking it to the Yanks.
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15/03/2021 13:27:32 1 18
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A good walk spoiled.
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15/03/2021 15:47:48 8 0
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That's a new one.
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15/03/2021 23:07:52 0 0
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By Gum.
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15/03/2021 13:36:11 6 0
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Tremendous effort by Westwood. Re the comments on his choice of caddy. Over the last 2 wks it looked like have his g'friend as caddy has been a smart choice. As noted in the article, she has limited golf knowledge so the benefits are more psychological. . . So that makes me wonder if having his son caddying for him at The Masters - clearly a course he knows very well - is a smart move. Hmm
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15/03/2021 13:51:18 1 2
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And the recent articles posts concern Rory and how he should employ a seasoned pro caddy as the present bag carrier is inexperienced. Would LW have won both/either weeks with a pro bag man?
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15/03/2021 16:42:27 1 0
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maybe proves its not all about winning - what a great week for father and son to have forever
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15/03/2021 13:39:21 0 6
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Does this prove caddies are pointless?
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15/03/2021 13:45:26 6 0
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To answer your question, no.
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mc
15/03/2021 15:19:12 0 0
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should be , if they were told just to carry bag then game might speed up a bit rather than the endless chats, surely just say how far to flag and then get on with it
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DLY
15/03/2021 13:44:22 30 2
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It was interesting listening to Dougherty and McGinley on Sky Sports - both non major winners themselves commenting during the last handful of holes that Westwood didn't need to push. I thought that was exactly where he went wrong and has done for much of his major career - too passive at the wrong time seemingly waiting for the others to mess up and when they don't, it's too late.
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15/03/2021 18:12:36 11 2
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Spot on. The 16th he just played badly. Two behind, if you wan to win you've got to fire at the pin at the 17th. What does he do, left into the fat of the green which left a 4 more likely than a 3 and so it proved.
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15/03/2021 13:39:21 0 6
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Does this prove caddies are pointless?
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15/03/2021 13:45:26 6 0
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To answer your question, no.
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15/03/2021 13:45:44 6 1
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Like Monty he's been a hot putter away from being a multiple major winner. Stick in there Lee.
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15/03/2021 22:03:50 0 2
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All Major winners could putt
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15/03/2021 12:38:44 33 1
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Lee is playing some of the best golf in his life and basically he is freewheeling. If he gets on a roll with the putter at Augusta, a course where he has performed well in the past, who knows?
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DLY
15/03/2021 13:50:09 9 9
bbc
agreed apart from the fact I can't ever recall Lee getting on a aroll with his putter. Short game has always been the downfall.
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15/03/2021 14:41:18 8 1
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His stats this year are very solid. He's currently sitting 28th in strokes gained putting, and has not missed from inside 4 feet all season. Impressive stuff! Otherwise I would agree with you.
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15/03/2021 19:35:38 2 1
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I assume that you didn't watch the golf this weekend then?
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15/03/2021 13:36:11 6 0
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Tremendous effort by Westwood. Re the comments on his choice of caddy. Over the last 2 wks it looked like have his g'friend as caddy has been a smart choice. As noted in the article, she has limited golf knowledge so the benefits are more psychological. . . So that makes me wonder if having his son caddying for him at The Masters - clearly a course he knows very well - is a smart move. Hmm
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15/03/2021 13:51:18 1 2
bbc
And the recent articles posts concern Rory and how he should employ a seasoned pro caddy as the present bag carrier is inexperienced. Would LW have won both/either weeks with a pro bag man?
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15/03/2021 14:14:31 3 0
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Good question, and who knows. But evidence shows that the most important thing on the golf course is your mind. It looked like Westwood was relaxed, having fun and not getting too up or down with the result of each shot. That's a good place to be in. He might be like that with another caddy - a pro bag man or his son - but equally he 100% was in that space with his missus. #Aintbrokedon'tfix
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15/03/2021 16:01:49 1 0
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I think the reality is that what works for one doesn't necessarily work for for someone else. I think LW will be pretty chuffed with the last 2 weeks, notwithstanding many supporters would have liked him to have won one of those tournaments.
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15/03/2021 13:51:44 0 13
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wouldnt put a penny on lee never a winner
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15/03/2021 14:56:32 7 0
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over 40 tour successes proves that wrong...
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15/03/2021 15:54:36 2 0
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he was 70/1 at the start of the tournament, so a nice each way bet after what he did at the Arnold Palmer, has won me more money than any other golfer :-)
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15/03/2021 14:06:41 8 1
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Disappointing to come up short once again, another Sunday evening on the edge of my chair. I happen to think his resurgence over the last few monthsis largely due to Helen Storey on his bag, he is obviously in a great place in his personal life and she knows how to give him the right sort of encouragement on the course. He is old and experienced enough to pick his yardages and clubs.
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15/03/2021 22:25:46 0 3
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He didn't look overly comfortable throughout the final round but at least kept his nose in front of Shampoo - I think an old head on the bag might have got him home - the caddy doesn't just draw a club out but is there to exorcise the demons within.
That said if he's happy with his partner there who are we to criticise. His son is doing the Masters - can you imagine - Whats evs Da....
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15/03/2021 14:07:27 0 3
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While Westie has had a great career and for him to be competitive for so many years is fantastic and all credit to him, the chances of a 48 years of winning a major is very slim as there are just too many better and younger players than him.
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15/03/2021 22:57:31 0 0
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Are you.....................sure.
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16/03/2021 11:58:33 0 0
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Still could make it a fascinating Masters if he keeps his form going. I might put a tenner on him.
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15/03/2021 13:51:18 1 2
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And the recent articles posts concern Rory and how he should employ a seasoned pro caddy as the present bag carrier is inexperienced. Would LW have won both/either weeks with a pro bag man?
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15/03/2021 14:14:31 3 0
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Good question, and who knows. But evidence shows that the most important thing on the golf course is your mind. It looked like Westwood was relaxed, having fun and not getting too up or down with the result of each shot. That's a good place to be in. He might be like that with another caddy - a pro bag man or his son - but equally he 100% was in that space with his missus. #Aintbrokedon'tfix
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15/03/2021 14:20:37 6 1
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I hope Westwood wins the Masters - he deserves it - and would be icing on the cake for someone who has done the sport nothing but good in his career deserves a Majors..

Perhaps after two second's the Master is the lucky third and first prize - we will have to see but it would show age is no barrier to success and like must things - if the mind is in the right space anything is possible !!!
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15/03/2021 19:49:44 1 3
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All he has done is win loads of SKY subscribers money.
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15/03/2021 14:20:58 21 0
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Choice of caddie is a personal thing. It's whoever helps get the best out of you and for Lee it's obviously working. As for being a winner or not those are ridiculous comments to make. Compared to most of us he's a superstar. Maybe he hasn't reached the heights of some of the greats and maybe there is still more to come. Who knows but whatever anyone thinks it's great to see him happy!
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15/03/2021 14:25:15 3 2
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Justin still has an impeccable reputation.
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15/03/2021 14:27:23 5 2
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agree that Lee is in a great place, and a lot of that down to Helen on the bag. However can't help feeling he would benefit from having a Billy Foster for knowledge and opinion to help his decision making - that 3 iron on 16.
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15/03/2021 16:05:28 4 0
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Westwood is enjoying an Indian Summer in the twilight of an excellent career and his performances since putting his fiance on the bag suggest it was the correct decision for him at this stage of his life.
Rory's performances since putting his mate on the bag in, what should be, the best years of his career however looks like a dreadful decision.
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15/03/2021 14:27:41 43 5
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A great bloke and Golfer. He deserves a Major
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15/03/2021 14:43:53 21 7
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By far best player not to win a Major or the Players
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mc
15/03/2021 15:17:22 5 5
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no one deserves it if your not good enough
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15/03/2021 15:53:28 4 5
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Is he a great bloke? Don't know him personally but I've heard a few things negatively about him personally - and he didn't exactly look good in regard to his cheating on his wife and subsequent divorce. Stop confusing ability at golf and image in front of cameras with actual personality.
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15/03/2021 22:15:00 5 0
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Nobody deserves anything. You're either good enough to win or you're not.
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DLY
15/03/2021 13:50:09 9 9
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agreed apart from the fact I can't ever recall Lee getting on a aroll with his putter. Short game has always been the downfall.
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15/03/2021 14:41:18 8 1
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His stats this year are very solid. He's currently sitting 28th in strokes gained putting, and has not missed from inside 4 feet all season. Impressive stuff! Otherwise I would agree with you.
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15/03/2021 16:09:23 7 0
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I know what DLY is saying - i've seen it so many times at the big ones - he putts well for 3 rounds and then his touch deserts him.
Medium range putts that were going a foot past (or in!) on days 1 to 3 suddenly pull up a couple of inches short. Other putts missing low as they just run out of pace.
I wish he'd be more aggressive on the greens in round 4 as i'd love to see him win a big one.
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15/03/2021 14:27:41 43 5
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A great bloke and Golfer. He deserves a Major
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15/03/2021 14:43:53 21 7
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By far best player not to win a Major or the Players
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15/03/2021 15:54:53 3 2
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That is flat out not true. 2 PGA wins in almost 30 years - a tour he has played consistently on. Not exactly the CV of best not to win a major.
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15/03/2021 17:21:10 11 2
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Montgomerie was better than Westwood.
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15/03/2021 22:01:24 3 0
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They used to say that about Monty
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15/03/2021 13:51:44 0 13
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wouldnt put a penny on lee never a winner
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15/03/2021 14:56:32 7 0
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over 40 tour successes proves that wrong...
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15/03/2021 15:04:42 3 17
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Not a surprise that Westwood didn't win again. He has a history of bottling it in big tournaments which is proved by his record of having more top 3 finishes in majors without winning one than anybody else in golf.
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15/03/2021 15:18:56 14 1
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When you are nearly 48 and you are playing against golfers who are half your age you are doing well to be contending so well. You do not get to be the best in the world for nearly half a year by bottling it. Why do you get your kicks from putting a good man down
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15/03/2021 18:09:07 0 0
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I don't suppose he and his lovely fiancee are in the slightest bit bothered by these sorts of comments. He seems to have had a great life going round the world doing what he enjoys and making loads of money in the process, and now has this nice lady too!
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15/03/2021 23:06:54 0 0
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Can you manage to get out of bed?
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15/03/2021 14:27:41 43 5
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A great bloke and Golfer. He deserves a Major
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mc
15/03/2021 15:17:22 5 5
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no one deserves it if your not good enough
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15/03/2021 15:18:09 5 5
bbc
Is Thomas actually saying that his grandad dying was something he never thought would happen in his life, or is just the way I'm reading it?

Regardless good on him for putting the mishaps of "close friend Tiger Woods" behind him and coming out on top again.
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15/03/2021 15:18:51 1 5
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And no mention of Casey.

Played brilliant in all 4 rounds but missing 7 puts within 8’ in Round 1 for a +1 was his undoing otherwise he would have won.
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16/03/2021 12:03:54 0 0
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Ah well if we are talking about players so close bar ...... Then DeChambeaus inexplicable 2 shots which caused him a 6.
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15/03/2021 15:04:42 3 17
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Not a surprise that Westwood didn't win again. He has a history of bottling it in big tournaments which is proved by his record of having more top 3 finishes in majors without winning one than anybody else in golf.
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15/03/2021 15:18:56 14 1
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When you are nearly 48 and you are playing against golfers who are half your age you are doing well to be contending so well. You do not get to be the best in the world for nearly half a year by bottling it. Why do you get your kicks from putting a good man down
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15/03/2021 15:51:13 1 2
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He was telling the truth though.
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15/03/2021 17:17:01 0 3
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He's been bottling it all his career, winning third rate tournaments on the European Tour mean nothing.
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15/03/2021 13:39:21 0 6
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Does this prove caddies are pointless?
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mc
15/03/2021 15:19:12 0 0
bbc
should be , if they were told just to carry bag then game might speed up a bit rather than the endless chats, surely just say how far to flag and then get on with it
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15/03/2021 15:33:51 3 1
bbc
Is Ian Carter in a happy place?
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15/03/2021 13:02:34 2 10
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Under the circumstances its good to have his partner there caddying for him. Can't help but think if he had a proper caddy on his bag he might have got over the line.
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15/03/2021 15:46:50 4 1
bbc
A guy who as played pro golf for
decades doesn't need a" proper caddy"
This present 1 is doing fine.
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16/03/2021 12:11:11 0 0
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I concur.
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15/03/2021 13:27:32 1 18
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A good walk spoiled.
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15/03/2021 15:47:48 8 0
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That's a new one.
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15/03/2021 16:11:05 1 0
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?? ?? ??
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15/03/2021 15:18:56 14 1
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When you are nearly 48 and you are playing against golfers who are half your age you are doing well to be contending so well. You do not get to be the best in the world for nearly half a year by bottling it. Why do you get your kicks from putting a good man down
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15/03/2021 15:51:13 1 2
bbc
He was telling the truth though.
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15/03/2021 14:27:41 43 5
bbc
A great bloke and Golfer. He deserves a Major
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15/03/2021 15:53:28 4 5
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Is he a great bloke? Don't know him personally but I've heard a few things negatively about him personally - and he didn't exactly look good in regard to his cheating on his wife and subsequent divorce. Stop confusing ability at golf and image in front of cameras with actual personality.
I always thought he was after Fanny.... Removed
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16/03/2021 07:35:13 0 0
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Over 170,000 'opposite sexes' divorces in 2019. A marriage lasts as long as both want it to, then it's time to move on, the decision to divorce is a private thing; I'm not going to find him wanting...wish both well in the future.

Personally I'd like him to do well on the golf course, hope he enjoys the wealth he's earned, I like it when mature sportspeople do well against the up and coming group
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15/03/2021 13:51:44 0 13
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wouldnt put a penny on lee never a winner
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15/03/2021 15:54:36 2 0
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he was 70/1 at the start of the tournament, so a nice each way bet after what he did at the Arnold Palmer, has won me more money than any other golfer :-)
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15/03/2021 14:43:53 21 7
bbc
By far best player not to win a Major or the Players
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15/03/2021 15:54:53 3 2
bbc
That is flat out not true. 2 PGA wins in almost 30 years - a tour he has played consistently on. Not exactly the CV of best not to win a major.
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15/03/2021 13:51:18 1 2
bbc
And the recent articles posts concern Rory and how he should employ a seasoned pro caddy as the present bag carrier is inexperienced. Would LW have won both/either weeks with a pro bag man?
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15/03/2021 16:01:49 1 0
bbc
I think the reality is that what works for one doesn't necessarily work for for someone else. I think LW will be pretty chuffed with the last 2 weeks, notwithstanding many supporters would have liked him to have won one of those tournaments.
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15/03/2021 14:27:23 5 2
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agree that Lee is in a great place, and a lot of that down to Helen on the bag. However can't help feeling he would benefit from having a Billy Foster for knowledge and opinion to help his decision making - that 3 iron on 16.
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15/03/2021 16:05:28 4 0
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Westwood is enjoying an Indian Summer in the twilight of an excellent career and his performances since putting his fiance on the bag suggest it was the correct decision for him at this stage of his life.
Rory's performances since putting his mate on the bag in, what should be, the best years of his career however looks like a dreadful decision.
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16/03/2021 11:25:07 0 0
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What works for one might not work for all. But i think Rory should be experienced enough to know what he is doing without his caddie telling him what to do.
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15/03/2021 14:41:18 8 1
bbc
His stats this year are very solid. He's currently sitting 28th in strokes gained putting, and has not missed from inside 4 feet all season. Impressive stuff! Otherwise I would agree with you.
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15/03/2021 16:09:23 7 0
bbc
I know what DLY is saying - i've seen it so many times at the big ones - he putts well for 3 rounds and then his touch deserts him.
Medium range putts that were going a foot past (or in!) on days 1 to 3 suddenly pull up a couple of inches short. Other putts missing low as they just run out of pace.
I wish he'd be more aggressive on the greens in round 4 as i'd love to see him win a big one.
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15/03/2021 15:47:48 8 0
bbc
That's a new one.
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15/03/2021 16:11:05 1 0
bbc
?? ?? ??
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15/03/2021 12:10:07 7 3
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Good luck lee! He has more chance than some of the so called greats, he is enjoying a rich vain presently! Good for him.
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15/03/2021 16:13:48 3 6
bbc
Are you saying he's arrogant and conceited?
Or did you mean 'vein'....
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15/03/2021 16:16:13 3 1
bbc
"Fiancé Helen Storey, on his bag".
No wonder he's smiling
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15/03/2021 16:45:49 0 0
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westwood ho-a place in devon
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15/03/2021 16:22:40 27 0
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He’s had a great career and it shouldn’t be defined on whether he’s won a major. Todd Hamilton and Ben Curtis both won a major but they’re not in the same class as LW.
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15/03/2021 17:14:38 3 29
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As Jack Nicklaus said when Colin Montgomerie was world number one, "how can you be world number one having never won a major?" . You are right winning a major doesn't make you a great but never winning a major, in 80 attempts means you'll never be a great, or even close.
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15/03/2021 16:30:54 2 0
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What marks his form are he has nothing to lose, has nothing else to learn and is free of any notion of expectancy. He is now the only player in these events going out expecting nothing and with a total sense of being self-assured. We shall see what rest and relaxation on the 'azalea garden' will do to set him up and see what happens.
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Ian
15/03/2021 16:33:19 24 1
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Whether LW wins a major or not he should definitely be considered to be a "great".

He's won all round the world not just on home turf.
He's won in the last 4 decades so has longevity.

A hell of a lot of so called "greats" haven't achieved this.
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15/03/2021 13:36:11 6 0
bbc
Tremendous effort by Westwood. Re the comments on his choice of caddy. Over the last 2 wks it looked like have his g'friend as caddy has been a smart choice. As noted in the article, she has limited golf knowledge so the benefits are more psychological. . . So that makes me wonder if having his son caddying for him at The Masters - clearly a course he knows very well - is a smart move. Hmm
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15/03/2021 16:42:27 1 0
bbc
maybe proves its not all about winning - what a great week for father and son to have forever
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15/03/2021 16:16:13 3 1
bbc
"Fiancé Helen Storey, on his bag".
No wonder he's smiling
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15/03/2021 16:45:49 0 0
bbc
westwood ho-a place in devon
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15/03/2021 16:58:43 2 6
bbc
I hate to say it, but I think he would have won both tournaments with a professional caddie. Can you change your caddie for the final round, or is that not allowed?
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15/03/2021 17:07:01 1 6
bbc
It's a spine he needs, he's done this every time he's contended in a big tournament even with the great Billy Foster on the bag. Remember the Masters when he was leading going into the last round?
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15/03/2021 17:02:47 1 17
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I said it last week and I'll say it again, over 160 attempts to win a major, WGC or the Players without success. Him saying his age is catching up with him is true but last night was a repeat of every other time he's been in contention for a big tournament, he crumbled. The only player above par on the leaderboard. The Euro Tour is below that of the US 2nd tier Korn Ferry Tour.
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15/03/2021 17:18:09 9 0
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Garbage mate.
He never crumbled. Didn't have his "A" game and was overtaken by a resurgent world # 3.
That's just the way it goes over 72 holes.
I would say LW did fantastically well to hold off the rest of a world class chasing pack, some of whom did crumble under the pressure.
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15/03/2021 17:23:09 0 1
bbc
Spot on analysis; Poulter is the same 3 good rounds and one that ruins their chances. A two shot lead was very defendable; but the chopping around on the front 9 did make interesting watching with the likely eventual winner in doubt.
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15/03/2021 18:13:00 0 0
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Do you mean Challenge Tour or Europro Tour? If it is Euro pro tour then that is level 3. Challenge Tour is level 2 in Europe
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15/03/2021 18:16:14 5 0
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He was not over par he was level par and that was good enough to beat everyone except Justin. I have been Westwood's fiercest critic in the past but he's had two sensational weeks. Cut him some slack, he did not crumble.
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15/03/2021 23:09:21 0 0
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Clem Clam.
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15/03/2021 16:58:43 2 6
bbc
I hate to say it, but I think he would have won both tournaments with a professional caddie. Can you change your caddie for the final round, or is that not allowed?
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15/03/2021 17:07:01 1 6
bbc
It's a spine he needs, he's done this every time he's contended in a big tournament even with the great Billy Foster on the bag. Remember the Masters when he was leading going into the last round?
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15/03/2021 23:00:23 0 0
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Are you, and have you been better in what you do?
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15/03/2021 16:22:40 27 0
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He’s had a great career and it shouldn’t be defined on whether he’s won a major. Todd Hamilton and Ben Curtis both won a major but they’re not in the same class as LW.
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15/03/2021 17:14:38 3 29
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As Jack Nicklaus said when Colin Montgomerie was world number one, "how can you be world number one having never won a major?" . You are right winning a major doesn't make you a great but never winning a major, in 80 attempts means you'll never be a great, or even close.
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15/03/2021 19:20:13 2 1
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Nicklaus actually said that when sitting in the commentary box with Monty just a few years ago. He said that players will be judged on majors and nobody will remember who was or wasn't World No 1. After a slightly long silence Jack said "Sorry Monty" as it dawned on him.

I sat beside Monty at a lunch once. He was very pleasant company, with school fees on his mind.
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15/03/2021 19:48:14 1 2
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The pundits always qualify the nearly men with.......he should have won more....It,s a sport and first is first and second is nowhere.
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16/03/2021 08:22:34 1 0
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Jack’s Majors record, who also had 19 runner-up finishes in The Majors, is outstanding & will never be repeated
But to imply that Westwood will never be seen as close to being ‘great’ is extremely harsh
Westwood’s has a remarkable Majors record with 19 top 10 finishes, 6 of those in the top 3
So does that make (1 time Majors winners) Moody, Hamilton, Curtis, Campbell & Mize greater than Westwood?
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15/03/2021 15:18:56 14 1
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When you are nearly 48 and you are playing against golfers who are half your age you are doing well to be contending so well. You do not get to be the best in the world for nearly half a year by bottling it. Why do you get your kicks from putting a good man down
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15/03/2021 17:17:01 0 3
bbc
He's been bottling it all his career, winning third rate tournaments on the European Tour mean nothing.
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15/03/2021 17:02:47 1 17
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I said it last week and I'll say it again, over 160 attempts to win a major, WGC or the Players without success. Him saying his age is catching up with him is true but last night was a repeat of every other time he's been in contention for a big tournament, he crumbled. The only player above par on the leaderboard. The Euro Tour is below that of the US 2nd tier Korn Ferry Tour.
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15/03/2021 17:18:09 9 0
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Garbage mate.
He never crumbled. Didn't have his "A" game and was overtaken by a resurgent world # 3.
That's just the way it goes over 72 holes.
I would say LW did fantastically well to hold off the rest of a world class chasing pack, some of whom did crumble under the pressure.
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15/03/2021 18:17:01 2 0
bbc
Well said sir
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15/03/2021 17:18:56 17 1
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Didn’t bottle the last putt for £500,000! I think he has the bottle - just Justin played brilliantly - his last drive could easily have gone in the water, in which case Lee would have won.
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15/03/2021 22:31:53 1 9
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He bottled the win. 17th he had to go for pin....but took safe option and bogey.
Level par was never going to get the job done.
Nice pay cheque though.
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15/03/2021 14:43:53 21 7
bbc
By far best player not to win a Major or the Players
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15/03/2021 17:21:10 11 2
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Montgomerie was better than Westwood.
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15/03/2021 22:16:17 4 0
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Monty was dominant in Europe but failed in the majors - always sad about that for him. He should have won a US open but for a duffed chip on the 71st or 72nd hole - he was put off because they had to wait for a ruling on a playing partner - nowadays he would have played up and without the wait probably won!
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15/03/2021 22:21:05 5 0
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Both were fantastic golfers, but I agree, as Monty was 8 times leader of European Order of Merit-a feat which will probably never be equalled.
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15/03/2021 17:02:47 1 17
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I said it last week and I'll say it again, over 160 attempts to win a major, WGC or the Players without success. Him saying his age is catching up with him is true but last night was a repeat of every other time he's been in contention for a big tournament, he crumbled. The only player above par on the leaderboard. The Euro Tour is below that of the US 2nd tier Korn Ferry Tour.
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15/03/2021 17:23:09 0 1
bbc
Spot on analysis; Poulter is the same 3 good rounds and one that ruins their chances. A two shot lead was very defendable; but the chopping around on the front 9 did make interesting watching with the likely eventual winner in doubt.
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15/03/2021 23:12:47 0 0
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It's a game of Golf, don't have coronary.
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15/03/2021 17:27:00 4 1
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I would give Westwood a good chance to win at Sandwich because he controls the ball well most of the time. Sometimes on his drives and long irons he seems to get his body ahead of the point of impact and by losing the good hitting position he can squirt the ball out right. Darren Clark is more stable when at his best ,,but both two wonderful links golfers,
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15/03/2021 17:52:13 9 1
bbc
The usual armchair golfers on here who would shake in their shoes over a three foot putt in a Saturday medal. Westwood has had a career to be proud of and should have a very healthy bank balance to boot. Missed the odd putt along the way but has collected more trophies than a lot of "Major" winners. Did Nicklaus crumble and lack spine because he had more second places than wins? Duh! No
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16/03/2021 11:00:14 2 0
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I think its less about 'armchair golfers, as Fletcher said "Angelo Dundee, he doesn't spar with Ali", so anyones critique could be valid. Part of it is comparing like with like, not like with self. Westwood is one to watch at the Masters this year, if he has some luck along the way his name could be on it.
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15/03/2021 17:53:04 15 3
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Well done to JT - brilliant burst of scoring just around the turn. Happy for him and hopefully puts behind him the loss of sponsors and shuts up the politically correct assassins. Everyone deserves a second chance - Ralph Lauren poor show.

Westy was brilliant again - playing with a smile and obviously loving being out there. Tee to green one of the very best over the last 2 decades.
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15/03/2021 17:53:51 5 4
bbc
Is there a difference between "fiancé" and "fiancée"?

Answers on a postcard to our award-winning golf correspondent, Iain Carter.
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16/03/2021 07:12:35 0 0
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There is & Carter has used the incorrect one in the article.
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15/03/2021 17:57:49 1 5
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Alot of wins around Europe and Asia in ordinary fields and countless 5ft'rs missed in the majors that could of seen him a multiple winner. Fair play to him tho, he could of been half the fields father on the w'end and every chance to win but we've seen and heard that before, he's got no chance at AN, 4 days on those hills will have his legs like jelly never mind the players being a hard day at 48
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16/03/2021 12:01:28 0 0
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6 top tens at Augusta over the years though, if he can keep his form going over the next month it will be interesting.
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15/03/2021 18:02:51 10 1
bbc
Great to see Westwood playing so well, and I really hope he can win a major this year to crown his great career; so many Europeans and Irish have won one of them in the last 12 years whose general performances throughout their careers have been a shadow of Westwood's (no names, but loads of one time major winners).
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15/03/2021 18:05:29 1 2
bbc
He’s had a very good career but never quite managed to get over the line in a major / players. Like Monty i wonder if they will look back and wonder what if .
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15/03/2021 18:54:19 3 1
bbc
At least he’s not a miserable sod like monty.
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15/03/2021 18:08:43 18 0
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I hope Lee isn't as hung up about the lack of a Major victory as the press seem to think he should be. He has had a career that very few of his fellow pros would not envy.
That said the Masters would be nice.
Go Lee!
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16/03/2021 10:53:49 0 0
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I think he is in with a good shout at the Masters. That said i would also give Thomas, DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Spieth, Morikawa and Reed a fair chance as well.
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15/03/2021 15:04:42 3 17
bbc
Not a surprise that Westwood didn't win again. He has a history of bottling it in big tournaments which is proved by his record of having more top 3 finishes in majors without winning one than anybody else in golf.
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15/03/2021 18:09:07 0 0
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I don't suppose he and his lovely fiancee are in the slightest bit bothered by these sorts of comments. He seems to have had a great life going round the world doing what he enjoys and making loads of money in the process, and now has this nice lady too!
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15/03/2021 13:44:22 30 2
bbc
It was interesting listening to Dougherty and McGinley on Sky Sports - both non major winners themselves commenting during the last handful of holes that Westwood didn't need to push. I thought that was exactly where he went wrong and has done for much of his major career - too passive at the wrong time seemingly waiting for the others to mess up and when they don't, it's too late.
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15/03/2021 18:12:36 11 2
bbc
Spot on. The 16th he just played badly. Two behind, if you wan to win you've got to fire at the pin at the 17th. What does he do, left into the fat of the green which left a 4 more likely than a 3 and so it proved.
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15/03/2021 18:32:12 3 0
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I disagree regarding the 17th with that sunday pin position on the edge. The mistake was messing up 16 because he did manage to birdie 18. At Bay Hill he also lost by 1 stroke and missed a short birdie putt on 16.

Not forgetting that Thomas was very close to driving in the water on 18, people do mess up with the pressure. At 47 I am sure he knows his game and what strategy works best for him.
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15/03/2021 22:05:22 3 0
bbc
I don't think he intended to be as far right as he was! I think he would have been aiming at Shampoo's ball and expecting there slope to do it's stuff.
Couple of silly errors earlier in the round let the door open...
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16/03/2021 10:02:13 0 0
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Maybe, but at least he was on the 16th hole and in contention to win a major tournament. You on the other hand were... Oh yes at home watching the telly. No comparison is there
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15/03/2021 17:02:47 1 17
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I said it last week and I'll say it again, over 160 attempts to win a major, WGC or the Players without success. Him saying his age is catching up with him is true but last night was a repeat of every other time he's been in contention for a big tournament, he crumbled. The only player above par on the leaderboard. The Euro Tour is below that of the US 2nd tier Korn Ferry Tour.
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15/03/2021 18:13:00 0 0
bbc
Do you mean Challenge Tour or Europro Tour? If it is Euro pro tour then that is level 3. Challenge Tour is level 2 in Europe
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15/03/2021 18:15:10 3 0
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Good to see 7 potential members of our Ryder Cup team on 8 under or better.
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Homophobic slur ? You really need to get off that bandwagon BBC, he only referred to himself in a way that any red blooded male would do in a a similar situation. It will be interesting to see if you have the cojones to publish this, if not you’re really are trying to control the agenda ! Removed
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15/03/2021 17:02:47 1 17
bbc
I said it last week and I'll say it again, over 160 attempts to win a major, WGC or the Players without success. Him saying his age is catching up with him is true but last night was a repeat of every other time he's been in contention for a big tournament, he crumbled. The only player above par on the leaderboard. The Euro Tour is below that of the US 2nd tier Korn Ferry Tour.
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15/03/2021 18:16:14 5 0
bbc
He was not over par he was level par and that was good enough to beat everyone except Justin. I have been Westwood's fiercest critic in the past but he's had two sensational weeks. Cut him some slack, he did not crumble.
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15/03/2021 17:18:09 9 0
bbc
Garbage mate.
He never crumbled. Didn't have his "A" game and was overtaken by a resurgent world # 3.
That's just the way it goes over 72 holes.
I would say LW did fantastically well to hold off the rest of a world class chasing pack, some of whom did crumble under the pressure.
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15/03/2021 18:17:01 2 0
bbc
Well said sir
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15/03/2021 18:24:31 8 1
bbc
Westwood is playing 'happy' golf and enjoying himself with no pressure. It is always great to see an older golfer competing and beating the young guns
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15/03/2021 19:51:11 0 7
bbc
He obviously suffers from the pressure on not having a Major
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15/03/2021 18:12:36 11 2
bbc
Spot on. The 16th he just played badly. Two behind, if you wan to win you've got to fire at the pin at the 17th. What does he do, left into the fat of the green which left a 4 more likely than a 3 and so it proved.
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15/03/2021 18:32:12 3 0
bbc
I disagree regarding the 17th with that sunday pin position on the edge. The mistake was messing up 16 because he did manage to birdie 18. At Bay Hill he also lost by 1 stroke and missed a short birdie putt on 16.

Not forgetting that Thomas was very close to driving in the water on 18, people do mess up with the pressure. At 47 I am sure he knows his game and what strategy works best for him.
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15/03/2021 18:33:30 4 1
bbc
It was a shame to see Westwood's swing fail him in the last round ... too many missed fairways, and a couple of shockers. But his short game was terrific all weekend especially his putting. He looks happy and relaxed but that's easy when you're playing well. If it's to do with the girl friend then all the better for him. Nice to see him contending again.
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16/03/2021 11:23:10 0 0
bbc
Yes i think much the same, nothing wrong with his putting, chipping or irons, just some poor drives in that last round.
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15/03/2021 18:44:24 2 5
bbc
I get the feeling that Sunday would have helped to have had a Pro caddy on the bag. Listening to Thomas and his caddy going over distance, shot selection and putting lines could very well have been the difference if Westwood had similar. BUT...... I am also pretty sure he was in the position to challenge on Sunday because of Helen being on the bag for the early rounds.
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16/03/2021 07:03:16 0 0
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Well make your mind up & stop sitting on the fence.
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15/03/2021 18:45:19 1 1
bbc
A man in great form these past few weeks. Think he will be hugely successful if he continues to play on and participates in the Seniors tour too. Also a shoe-in for the Ryder cup team now.
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15/03/2021 18:49:12 1 9
bbc
Lee openly states his fiancé knows little about the game, so she is effectively hindering him against others. He should have a caddy to do some of the critique for him ?
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15/03/2021 18:54:01 4 3
bbc
Since she’s been on the bag his game has been upped considerably.

Wish you’d openly state you know zero about the game. His gameplan was exactly the same in the final round as it was throughout.

You like others over-egg the influence a caddy has. Steve Williams wouldn’t have made a difference as it wasn’t like Westwood was taking big risks that warranted a disagreement from a caddy.
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15/03/2021 23:05:07 0 0
bbc
That has to be something that comes out of the back of a male bovine.
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15/03/2021 18:50:55 5 1
bbc
Admiration for Westwood he deserves all the plaudits and he has shown he still has it, Plenty time to train some more before the Masters and be as fit as possible mentally and physically. Hoping to see you up there on day 4.
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15/03/2021 18:51:07 8 3
bbc
Ah, another HYS with the armchair 20 handicappers proclaiming he’s never had any bottle and chokes.

Apart from he’s won 40+ times
Apart from 3 ET Order Of Merit titles

Shooting 72 to close on a course that is brutal just shows up the ignorance of people... I mean trolls. “Why didn’t he take the pin on down 17” - he did, he missed his spot by 10ft as there’s a massive slope that takes it there!!
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15/03/2021 18:49:12 1 9
bbc
Lee openly states his fiancé knows little about the game, so she is effectively hindering him against others. He should have a caddy to do some of the critique for him ?
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15/03/2021 18:54:01 4 3
bbc
Since she’s been on the bag his game has been upped considerably.

Wish you’d openly state you know zero about the game. His gameplan was exactly the same in the final round as it was throughout.

You like others over-egg the influence a caddy has. Steve Williams wouldn’t have made a difference as it wasn’t like Westwood was taking big risks that warranted a disagreement from a caddy.
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15/03/2021 18:05:29 1 2
bbc
He’s had a very good career but never quite managed to get over the line in a major / players. Like Monty i wonder if they will look back and wonder what if .
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15/03/2021 18:54:19 3 1
bbc
At least he’s not a miserable sod like monty.
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gg
15/03/2021 18:58:36 3 1
bbc
Would be great to see LW win his first major, he has a certain calmness about him at the moment and his game is in great shape.????????
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15/03/2021 19:01:17 5 1
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About caddies, I think for a player such as Westwood he knows his own game inside out, he has played bad shots with good caddies on his bag. If he's happy with her doing it, then that is his choice and no one else's to make.
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15/03/2021 19:13:16 2 0
bbc
I think the whole golfing world would applaud a Westwood green jacket but the hills and valleys of AUGUSTA would take it out of younger guys than him. Let's hope he is still in the groove when the Open comes around.
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15/03/2021 19:17:40 1 0
bbc
He knows to take it a shot at a time.
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15/03/2021 19:18:32 5 2
bbc
Clearly, Lee's recent successes have been greatly helped by having a Geordie lass on the bag. I'll have a word with her indoors!
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15/03/2021 17:14:38 3 29
bbc
As Jack Nicklaus said when Colin Montgomerie was world number one, "how can you be world number one having never won a major?" . You are right winning a major doesn't make you a great but never winning a major, in 80 attempts means you'll never be a great, or even close.
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15/03/2021 19:20:13 2 1
bbc
Nicklaus actually said that when sitting in the commentary box with Monty just a few years ago. He said that players will be judged on majors and nobody will remember who was or wasn't World No 1. After a slightly long silence Jack said "Sorry Monty" as it dawned on him.

I sat beside Monty at a lunch once. He was very pleasant company, with school fees on his mind.
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15/03/2021 19:23:50 1 8
bbc
Mind will never be "spot on" for Bottler Lee.
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15/03/2021 23:02:55 0 0
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Your the tops I suppose.
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15/03/2021 19:26:17 7 4
bbc
Goodness a golf story about a British golfer and not a mention of has been McIlroy!
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15/03/2021 19:54:38 1 6
bbc
Mcilroy is the greatest British golfer alongside Cotton,Faldo ,Braid etc.....no Westwood on any Majors...says it all
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15/03/2021 23:52:51 1 1
bbc
The brits love a loser and hate a winner is that what you are saying lol RM will be back he's got another 20 years on LW