Lee builds up to US Open in Stockholm

LEE Westwood has changed his US Open preparations, by heading to Sweden for this week’s Norden Masters.

The 39-year-old from Worksop will be in action at the Olympic Club in San Francisco next week, hoping to land his first ever major at the US Open.

And although he had real success in Memphis in 2011 and 2010 in his US Open warm up, he opted for Stockholm for his preparation this year.

He said: “I haven’t found the right way yet, so I might as well keep trying different ones.”

“It’s difficult to prepare for a west coast major because nowhere is near.”

“If you play Memphis it’s still a four to five-hour flight to California, so it’s a tussle whether you play in all that heat or you go to Sweden, where there will be steady conditions and it finishes on Saturday.”

As the Guardian went to print Westwood was leading in Stockholm.

Midway through his second round Westwood was nine under par for the tournament, five under for the round and a shot clear.