Westwood hopes to readjust to UK golf

Lee Westwood is hoping to readjust to British coastal conditions this weekend, ahead of next week’s Open Championship.

The 41-year-old golfer, who returned to Worksop to open Lindrick Golf Club’s new tunnel under the A57 last Thursday, teed off this afternoon (Thursday) in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Justin Rose and Stephen Gallacher were his playing partners, as the trio began their round at 1pm.

Speaking to the Worksop Guardian he said the Scottish Open would be an ideal opportunity to acclimatise before attempting to break his major title duck at Hoylake next weekend.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I don’t get the chance to play in Britain very often, just the PGA Championship at Wentworth and these two tournaments.”

“Hopefully I can play well in Scotland and that will be good preparation for the Open Championship.”

“I just want to get used to playing links golf.”

“Living in Florida it’s a lot of high trajectory shots, not much playing in strong winds and running the ball along the ground and chipping around the greens.”

Westwood, who won the Scottish Open in 1998, has become the 2014/15 shirt sponsor for Worksop Town Football Club.

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