Lee’s ‘casting’ costs him the cut
DUBAI: World Championship winner Lee Westwood said his clubs “felt like fishing rods” after missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday.
The British world No 4 slumped to a second round 78, putting him three-over and ensuring an early end to his tournament.
Australia’s Rick Kulacz, on 12under, holds a one-stroke lead.
Westwood, who achieved a European Tour double in November by winning the season-ending Dubai World Championship and the overall money-list title, was left wondering if his equipment supplier, Ping, had fitted all his clubs with wrong shafts.
“They just don’t feel right and they don’t feel the same, and I don’t know if they’ve put the wrong shafts in or whatever,” the Englishman told reporters.
“So I will probably get a new set sent out and reshaft the lot over the weekend to see if that does any good. They just feel like fishing rods.”
A long-distance phone call to his Melbourne-based coach helped Kulacz, 24, to the top of the leaderboard. He birdied eight of his closing 10 holes for a sizzling nine-under 63.
The Perth-born Kulacz is competing for the first time as a European Tour member after securing his playing card at last November’s Qualifying School in Spain. A dual winner on the Asian Tour, Kulacz contacted his coach Marty Joyce after an indifferent three days of practice.
“It was the worst I was hitting the ball in months but we managed to sort out a few things in my swing,” said Kulacz.
“It was just nice to be able then to put what we discussed into practise and see the rewards, as I got that feeling back in my game while a pretty hot putter also helped today.” – Reuters
GONE FISHING: Lee Westwood