Lee Westwood: Divorce Made It 'Impossible to Focus on Golf'

Thursday February 4th, 2016
Lee Westwood tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
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Former World No. 1 Lee Westwood is refocusing on the game.

Before shooting a first-round 75 at the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday, Westwood told ESPN just how hard the past year had been because of struggles in his personal life.

"I'm going through a divorce and found it nearly impossible to concentrate on golf, so I understand what happened in terms of my results last year," Westwood said. "How I played didn't really concern me, but now I'm back living in the UK permanently and trying to factor in when I see my kids and which events I play around that."

"I just want to get some consistency back in game and start to enjoy it again and being able to concentrate on what I'm trying to do."

Westwood added that he hasn't played much this winter and feels rested, so he's putting emphasis on preparing for the Masters and the British Open at Royal Troon.

The 42-year old is ranked 52nd in the world. He was ranked 30th after last year's Dubai Desert Classic.

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