Lee Westwood is quickly becoming an eyesore on the fairways of the PGA Tour. Simply put, he’s tough to watch. His recent performances mirror an NFL cornerback, playing past their prime, get beat deep, or a PBA bowler throwing a gutter ball in the final frame.
The worst part? There’s still more to come. It's like waiting for a car accident you can see coming a mile away.
Just how many chances does the 37-year-old from Worksop, England think he has left? Ask Tim Clark.
Clark’s play spoke volumes about how PGA golfers must seize the moment and capitalize on a hot club when they have the chance.
Viewers could see the urgency in Clark’s play on the back 9 Sunday as he went on to win the tournament. Chances like that just don’t continue to pop up.
However, when I watch Westwood walk the fairways, he looks no different than he did on Thursday. There’s no fist pumping. No energy. Clark, a reserved player himself, ended his round with an emphatic fist pump whereas Westwood played like he was trying not to lose rather than trying to win.
But what else would we expect? Westwood has been the master of fading away on the weekend his whole career. It was his tournament to lose and once again he did just that.
Westwood stated earlier in his career, “"The closer I get to winning these championships, the more I want the next one to come around," said Westwood.
Golf is a mental sport, probably more so than any other sport in the world. You can beat yourself in a flash and Westwood’s head is obviously not in a good place on Sundays.
Some analysts will say that Westwood lost out because Clark just played too good of a round; however, Westwood finished fourth after starting in first and he only had his lackluster play to blame for such a drastic fall.
Many are saying Westwood is ready to win the U.S. Open this year since he has been atop the leaderboard for so many weeks, but the law of averages is starting to take its toll.
Eventually the whack-a-mole machine runs out of quarters and opportunities stop presenting themselves.
Westwood’s chances might just be up.