Lee Westwood is comfortable in his perch atop the World Rankings. Maybe too comfortable. In an interview with Rob Beasley of The Sun, Westwood declared that he’d rather maintain his No. 1 ranking in 2011 than win his first major. We love Lee’s candor, but you have to wonder if it’s precisely that kind of thinking that has contributed to his major-less ways.
LW: Winning a Major doesn't make you the best player in the world. No, being the best player in the world is all about consistency—just look at the world rankings. I have way more points than anyone else. And if you look at the number of tournaments, you'll see I have played five, six, seven tournaments LESS than most other people—and yet I'm still world No 1.
RB: So would you rather stay world No 1 throughout 2011 OR win a Major?
LW: Well, I've been world No 1 now and I've never won a Major so, obviously, I would like to win one. But I wouldn't swap world No 1 for a Major, no way.
In closing, Beasley asked Westwood who would get his vote for the UK’s Sports Personality of the Year:
LW: I'm the undisputed world No. 1 and I have done it in the era of probably the greatest player ever to have played the game, so I'm not going to talk myself down.
Westwood also used the interview as an opportunity to plug the cover art for his debut album, A Very Westwood Christmas. It drops Dec. 24. Coming soon to a Wii console near you: Hogan’s 'Five Lessons'Why look for secrets in the dirt when you can find them in a joystick? That's the point behind an ambituous project now in the works that will turn the legendary instruction book, “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons,” into a Nintendo Wii game, reports Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Its designers say the game will be "two-thirds trainer and simulator and one-third video game." They are employing motion-capture technology—and veteran teaching pro Jared Isaacs—to animate Hogan’s swing, which as you might have guessed is no small chore…
"It's hard because you're trying to replicate something that almost can't be replicated, because every swing is like a fingerprint," Isaacs said. "And his was especially great: fluid, athletic, strong, all those things."
But Isaacs had plenty of help. He has studied archival footage and during the shoot he performed under the watchful eyes of Lisa Scott, Hogan's great-niece and president of his foundation, as well as technical adviser Dave Kendall, who runs the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti.
"He's got quite a task that he has to do," Kendall said of Isaacs. "Actually, for him, I'd rather he swung like he does for his own game. But we need him to be more like Ben Hogan for this."
That thump you just heard was Hogan rolling over in his grave.