Lee’s ‘cast­ing’ costs him the cut

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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

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