Westwood targets all-round improvement for majors

Wed Dec 4, 2013 8:02pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Lee Westwood, reunited with his longtime caddie and happy to put in long hours with his swing coach, plans to improve every aspect of his game for next year as he hunts a first major title.

Former world number one Westwood has piled up 16 top-10 finishes in golf's blue riband events, including eight top-threes, and would dearly love to fill that 'major' gap in his otherwise glittering resume.

"Winning a major is probably the pinnacle of everybody's career," the 40-year-old Englishman told Reuters while preparing for Thursday's opening round of the Tiger Woods-hosted Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

"My focus heading into next year will be to just work on everything really, just try and improve every aspect of my game. That's what you've got to plan on doing, keep doing.

"My swing hasn't been in sync all of this year, really and I've sort of been fumbling my way around the golf course. It's something I'm going to work on over the winter," said the Briton, long renowned for the quality of his ball-striking.

Westwood, a 22-time winner on the European Tour, has not triumphed anywhere since he clinched the 2012 Nordea Masters but is banking on his relationship with swing coach Sean Foley to help end that victory drought sooner rather than later.

The pair linked up in June, Westwood having been hugely impressed with Foley's thoughts on golf while they chatted during the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

"It feels pretty comfortable working with him," Westwood said after spending a couple of hours at sun-splashed Sherwood Country Club working on his short game with Foley.   Continued...