Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I shouldn't have played in Hong Kong Open - Westwood

Lee Westwood admits that it was probably a mistake to play last week's Hong Kong Open.
Rory McIlroy was runner-up for the second year running and took over the European Tour Order of Merit lead with only this week's Dubai World Championship to play.
Westwood was down in joint 54th spot and so fell nearly £115,000 behind the 20-year-old Northern Irishman.
Victory on Sunday would still make him Europe's No 1 for the second time, but the Worksop golfer cannot now afford to finish outside the top seven to have a chance.
"In hindsight, I think it probably was a mistake," said Westwood before playing his first practice round at the Greg Norman-designed Earth course in Dubai.
"I obviously didn't know the course because I'd never been there, but looking back it definitely didn't suit me.
"It was predominantly a hooker's course, with a lot of shots off the tee where it suited somebody that drew it and hit a hard draw, which is not my shot.
"I've worked a lot this year on 60-100 yards out, but it's still not as sharp as everybody else and there were a lot of those shots last week.
"There were only two par-5s and no rough, which generally doesn't suit my game. I like harder course where there's a bigger premium on tee-to-green stuff.
"You occasionally get weeks where things are not in your favour and I had a busy week off the course too. I was a bit lethargic really throughout."
German Martin Kaymer and Westwood's fellow Englishman Ross Fisher could also top the "Race to Dubai" standings due to the first prize of £744,180.
Kaymer, unlucky to be put out of action for two months by a go-kart crash in which he broke toes, has to finish in the top four, while World Matchplay champion Fisher has to be first or second.



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