Final-round Westy Slam is on, says caddie Foster

Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:17pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - Lee Westwood has the Midas touch when it comes to final-day groups at 2016 majors and every golfer in the 156-strong field at the British Open will be dreaming of partnering the Englishman this Sunday.

The former world number one played alongside Danny Willett in the last round when his compatriot won the U.S. Masters in April and did the same when American Dustin Johnson triumphed at the U.S. Open in June.

Westwood's caddie Billy Foster, renowned as one of the best bagmen in the game, says the third leg of the 'Westy Slam' is now on at golf's oldest major.

"I guess they'll all be scrambling to play with Lee on Sunday," Foster told Reuters in an interview as the rain lashed down on the rugged Royal Troon links on the west coast of Scotland on Wednesday.

"He's on a hat-trick on the 'Westy Slam' so let's see what this week brings.

"Let's hope his playing partner trips and breaks his arm walking to the first tee on Sunday and Lee plays on his own," joked Foster.

The 43-year-old Westwood picked up a cheque for $880,000 for finishing tied second at the Masters while his U.S. Open hopes were wrecked by a bad start to the last round and he ended up down in a share of 32nd place.

The straight-talking Foster, who once caddied for the late Seve Ballesteros and also had a brief spell working with Tiger Woods, recalled Westwood's closing efforts at the Masters and U.S. Open.   Continued...

Lee Westwood of Britain walks down the second fairway with his caddie Billy Foster during first round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young