Monday, July 19, 2010

Years ago a friend and I came upon an unofficial Lee Westwood website (don't ask), and were pleasantly surprised to find the designer had picked Gerry Rafferty's fromage-filled classic, Baker Street, as the background music. True, it was Rafferty's first big release, sans Stealers Wheel, but something about it seemed to fit the burly Englishman, like the idea of settling down in a quiet little town and forgetting about everything might agree with him. Particularly when Westwood, who was a rising/legit star on the European Tour had all but fallen off the map in the early 2000s. 
After a couple of years spent reconstructing his swing and getting physically fit, Westwood became one of the very best players in the world. In fact, he's finished in the top-5 of a major seven times now, including top-3 finishes in four of the last five. At this point, one might think Westwood might be more into CSN's Judy Blue Eyes than Baker Street (you know it -- "it's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore"), but according to The New York Times the latest in what's quickly becoming a Monty-esque string of major disappointments has done little to deter the world's third-ranked player. 

“Whether I won the tournament today was in the hands of other people,” Westwood said. “Louis has obviously played great and thoroughly deserves to win, so there’s not even any real disappointment. If you get close and you lose, then there’s disappointment. I don’t know if it’s around the corner, but hopefully it’s about three weeks away. But I don’t know, you know. Like I said, I can’t do much more than I’m already doing. I’m trying to improve all the time, and I’m sticking myself in contention.”
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