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2013 PGA Championship Thursday Interview Transcript: Lee Westwood

LEE WESTWOOD:  I drove the ball well, I hit a lot of good iron shots.  My short game was sharp and rolled a couple of nice putts in. 

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  Yeah, I know.  You try and base your year around the major championships.  So it's nice to play well when you're coming into it. 

After the Open, you know, I could have looked upon it as disappointing, but as a golfer you try to take the positives out of it and carry on.  I think there was a bit of a backlash at last week's tournament, the World Golf Championship.  I struggled to get into it.  I managed to get focused again this week and I felt very calm out there and in control.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  Getting in a better rhythm and a better routine.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  I haven't, no.  I saw him last week.  I know what he's told me and what I have got to work on.  It's just not going to come straightaway.  Some weeks I'm going to have it and some weeks I'm not.  Hopefully this week is one of those weeks where it's there. 

Q.  Many times at Oak Hill, 66 in Round 1 would have been in the lead.  Were you surprised at how low everybody has been going today?

LEE WESTWOOD:  Well, people aren't going that low really.  There's not a lot of wind, as you can tell.  There was overnight rain, so it softens it up.  The greens are receptive. 

If you don't hit it in the fairways then you won't score well.  These guys are good.  There are a lot of good players playing in the tournament.  Somebody is going to hit it straight and somebody is going to shoot a good score.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  Yeah, I'm just an aggressive player.  You know, I think if you are straight driver of the golf ball, you have got to take advantage of that.  You've got to use it as a plus and try to make the golf course play as short as possible.

Q.  How many times did you hit driver? 

LEE WESTWOOD:  I hit it quite a lot, somewhere between 8 and 10.  I'd have to go through it.  There's only once or twice today that I didn't hit it compared to the practice rounds. 

I hit it a lot on the shorter holes as well, like 12 and 14.  I pulled it out and bashed it down there to try and get it close to the green.

Q.  (Inaudible)? 

LEE WESTWOOD:  Yeah, 13, I was bit unlucky it didn't go back out.  But when I marked my ball on 13, there was a spike mark right in my line and I thought I could do with it raining heavy to top that down.  But it didn't. 

It went back out.  It did exactly what I wanted it to do, the spike marker went left. 

And I didn't pick up shots on 14 and 15 when I    just short of the green on 14 and I had a good chance on 15.  Hit a good putt on 15. 

Hit two lovely shots into 17 and two lovely shots into 18.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  I'm hitting the ball better.  I've been working with Sean [Foley] a little bit more.  We're working on getting the ball positioned forward and widening my stance on the driver a bit and taking the spin off it.  It's going pretty straight and quite long.  So I'm pleased with that and I'm pleased with my distance control. 

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  Yeah, I mean, somebody was asking me the other day and, you know, does it get you down and do you get stressed when people go on about not winning a major championship.  I said, no, you really don't get stressed about golf anymore.  I played golf for 20 odd years out here on the best courses in the world and I get up every day and go and do something that I love. 

Golf doesn't stress me or disappoint me very often anymore.  In fact, I can't remember the last time it did.  Just get on with it and just realize how lucky you are.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

LEE WESTWOOD:  No, not really.  It's just the way I am.  Wouldn't have mattered if the major had been eight months away.  I'd still been pretty pleased with my performance of the Open Championship.  I didn't have my best game and I had a 2 shot lead going into Sunday.  So that shows you are at high standard.

Q.  Shot Tracker, had you used that before you started working with Sean?

LEE WESTWOOD:  I used it a little bit, but never really understood as well as I do now.  Sean is a genius on it and he is trying to convey to me, although it may take a while to sink in. 

It's very interesting, some of the figures that it churns out.  It gives you a good representation of the way you swing at it and the way you can improve. 

I got one back in February but it's been collecting dust.  I'm using it now, though. 

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