Westwood Laments Poor Putting

Thu 06 Dec 2012

Westwood Laments Poor Putting


Chonburi, Thailand, December 6: Title holder Lee Westwood remained stuck in first gear at the halfway stage of the Thailand Golf Championship on Friday.

If he was flying at full speed 12 months ago when he led by a massive 11 shots after amassing a two-day total of 20-under-par 124, the Englishman had to settle for a second round of three-under-par 69 and a five-under-par 139 total thus far.

The world number six lamented poor putting at the Amata Spring Country Club, taking 27 putts today which was an improvement from the first round when he needed 32 putts. He trails clubhouse leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by a massive nine shots.

“Just okay, played alright. I wasn’t making anything. You don’t shoot 20 under through two rounds very often and when you do, you make a lot of putts. I’ve made nothing the first two days and left too many out there. Missed too many short ones which is the main difference really,” said Westwood, who is chasing a third victory of the year.

Westwood knows that he needs to quickly improve on his putting fortunes on the greens.

“Make more putts that I made the first two days,” he said. “I’m reading them alright but not starting them on the right line.”

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee echoed the same story where he has not been able to hole putts at Amata Spring.

“I missed a lot of short putts. I over-read them today. Felt a bit tired as well as it was hot. I hit the ball okay, no complaints. I could have easily been five or six under on the front nine. Played great, missed a few putts,” he lamented.

“The problem is the grain. I’m hitting the ball solid. Driver is fantastic. Sometimes, I’m tired and thinking too much about reading the lines.”