• February 9, 2023

Honda Classic: ‘Tired’ Lee Westwood misses cut as Aaron Wise leads

Lee Westwood’s son Sam cadded for him this week

-12 A sage (USA); -9 B. Hagy (USA), M. Jones (Aus); -8th S Ryder (USA), -7 S. Lowry (Irish), D. McCarthy (USA), R. Henley (USA), S. Harrington (USA)
Selected others: -4 A Scott (Aus); -1 P Mickelson (USA); L. T Lewis (Eng); Missed cut: +2 R Knox (Sco); +3 I Poulter (Eng); +8 L Westwood (Eng)

Englishman Lee Westwood said he was tired when he missed the cut at the Honda Classic in Florida after finishing second on the PGA Tour.

He finished one shot behind Justin Thomas at the Players Championship and lost a week earlier by the same margin against American Bryson DeChambeau.

The 47-year-old finished with eight above-average results on Friday after two rounds on the Champions Course at PGA National.

Aaron Wise leads halfway with three shots at 12 under par.

The American compatriot Brandon Hagy is at nine under the Australian Matt Jones, who started the second day after the course record of 61.

2019 Irish Open Champion Shane Lowry is two more strokes back, seven under.

Westwood, who won the European Tour race to Dubai last year, carded a par 70 level on Thursday but was eight on his second lap.

The former number one in the world built three doubles and three bogies, with its only birdie landing on the par-4 eighth note.

“That was probably a tournament too far for me after the run I had in the last two weeks,” he said. “But I felt like I should play here this week.

“In an ideal world this would have been a week off after finishing second in the last two weeks. What can you do? It just felt like I had to play, I was kind of glassy out there, I was like that tired.”

Westwood took his son Sam out to play Augusta National earlier this week and he was out for him in Palm Beach Gardens in preparation to do so at the Masters next month.

“Sam is having fun and looking forward to this series of tournaments where he comes to the caddy,” said Westwood, whose fiancée Helen Storey was on his pocket for his two runner-up finishes prior to the tournament.

“I just like being out there with both of them. They both keep me relaxed. We have good chats out there. It’s a good bonding time.”

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