‘Didn’t Play So Well’: Lee Westwood Reacts to His Round 1 Performance at The Honda Classic 2021

Published 03/19/2021, 7:31 AM EDT
Mar 6, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Lee Westwood hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Lee Westwood is enjoying his time on the PGA Tour. The 47-year-old English golfer surged to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the 2021 Players Championship. He then entered the Honda Classic on the back of these results, but the veteran did not particularly enjoy Round 1 at the PGA National Champion Course.

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Westwood entered Round 1 grouped with Daniel Berger and Keegan Bradley. The European Tour giant started off his front nine with a bogey on the first hole but quickly recovered with subsequent birdies in the par-4 second hole and the par-5 third. 

The course is infamous for its water hazards and the tantalizing ‘Bear Trap,’ but Westwood had no trouble getting past that challenge. He finished Round 1 tied for 43rd place with an even score of 70 and wasn’t too impressed with the result 

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“I’m all right, didn’t play so well today but hung in there and obviously a good finish. It’s always nice to finish birdie, birdie around this place and I think 70 is a pretty good start,” Westwood told reporters. 

Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Lee Westwood putts on the 8th green during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Lee Westwood wants to keep fighting irrespective of the result

It has been inspiring to watch Lee Westwood climb up the rankings. His extraordinary career has taken a wonderful turn ever since the dawn of 2021, and the Englishman is hungry for more success. 

Westwood, a two-time PGA Tour winner, has been eying his third title for quite some time now. He came incredibly close at Bay Hill and the Players Championship this year. Round 1 at The 2021 Honda Classic hasn’t exactly been up to the standard, but Westwood hasn’t lost hope. 

“Just the fact that I was patient and you know just ground it out,” Westwood reflected on his Round 1 result. “I didn’t have uh too much of a game, a few poor shots and I found myself in a lot of bunkers, but my bunker game was good. I made some nice up and downs and they’re the ones you need to kind of keep the momentum going on a grinding day.” 

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Furthermore, Lee Westwood has also changed his caddie for the Honda Classic. Fiancee Helen Storey is now replaced by Westwood’s son Sam, and it is interesting to see how this pair will work it out at the PGA National Champion Course. Can Lee Westwood gain places in the upcoming rounds? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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