Disappointed Westwood works on new putting routine

Lee Westwood.
Lee Westwood.

As he works on a new putting routine, disappointed Worksop golf star Lee Westwood finished two under par and joint 52nd in last weekend’s Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Belek, Antalya.

He played alongside Bernd Wiesberger and Tyrell Hatton for the first two rounds, carding a 70 for both rounds to lie tied 34th place on two under par.

He was in the first group out on Saturday with Ashun Wu and Romain Wattel, but his third round 73 took him back to par.

With Maximilian Keiffer and Nathan Holman from the 11th on Sunday, Westwood then carded 69 to finish two under in T52nd place with earnings of €20,262.

Winner of the event, in which Lee finished tied in 11th last year, was Thorbjorn Olesen on 20-under par.

When is was suggested to Westwood the tournament was a tale of two halves for him, after a good start, he said: “It wasn’t really a tale of two halves.

“It was a tale of hit it awful on the range and hit it awful on all 18 holes - an absolute embarrassment tee-to-green.

“I’m working on my routine and the mental side of it, ideally six seconds over every putt.

“I’m practising a routine and doing that on the putting green and practice rounds and things like that, and hopefully that will transfer into the tournament rounds.

“Obviously I can’t count once I’m over the ball, but I think it’s somewhere between six and eight which is pretty good at the moment - way better than 15, 16 seconds having stood over it.”

Olesen secured victory with a final round of 69.

He led by seven shots heading into the final day but came under heavy pressure from David Horsey after the Englishman shot 29 on his front nine to cut the leader’s advantage.

But three birdies in the space of four holes were enough to pull Olesen clear and set him on the way to a three-shot win and a fourth European Tour title, with Horsey and Chinese player Li Haotong finishing in a share of second.

The Dane, 26, broke the course record with a round of 62 on Friday and he follows in the footsteps of Victor Dubuisson, the champion in 2013 and 2015, and 2014 winner Brooks Koepka.

Olesen said: “I knew the guys were able to shoot a low number and after nine holes they were, so there was a lot of pressure on there. I kept it steady.

“The win at the Turkish Airlines Open means a lot. The last three or four months I haven’t played well and I didn’t feel comfortable in the lead but I got over the line.”