‘Negotiation Process’: Lee Westwood Reveals Major Details About Caddies Helen Storey and Sam

Published 03/19/2021, 1:19 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Lee Westwood plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Lee Westwood is in deep pursuit of a PGA Tour victory for the past few weeks. The 47-year-old has gained massive strides in the Official World Golf Ranking, and a lot of credit has been offered to his caddie Helen Storey for reviving his career. However, Westwood’s son Sam also caddies for him, so how does the English golfer pick between his offspring and fiancee? 

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It must indeed be a tough choice for Westwood. Ever since he won the Nedbank Challenge in 2018 and broke a trophyless drought of four years with Storey as his caddie, the latter solidified her place as Westwood’s go-to person. 

Westwood even ended terms with long-time caddie Billy Foster after finding success with Helen Storey. It has been an enjoyable ride ever since, but Westwood’s 19-year-old son Sam is now another major contender who can carry his father’s bag during tournaments. 

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Mar 14, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Lee Westwood reacts to his putt on the third green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Lee Westwood seems to be preferring a caddie with whom he has a personal relationship. It is however the right logic as the 47-year-old English golfer has stated that he does not seek any extra input from his caddies and cramp his mind.

Lee Westwood explains how he picks between Storey and Sam to caddie for him

Having a sound caddie is important for any professional golfer. They aid the players during challenging moments and stand along as a pillar of support. While Lee Westwood doesn’t require any external source of advice about the game, he would require emotional and psychological strength in between holes. 

But what goes behind the selection process when it comes to carrying Westwood’s bag? We’ve seen Helen Storey doing the honors for the past few years, but Sam is now caddying for his dad at the Honda Classic 2021 and will do the same at The Masters as well. 

“Not too much difference. I just like being out there with the both of them. Both keep me relaxed. We have good chats out there. It’s good bonding time. Helen picked the last two weeks to caddie. I think she’s sick she didn’t pick this week now,” Westwood replied when asked about the difference between the two. 

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“Sam is enjoying himself and looking forward to this run of tournaments where he’s getting to caddie. It’s a negotiation process. Helen is doing the PGA Championship and the Open, I think. I’m not sure about the Ryder Cup yet. We’ll cross that bridge if I get in the team,” he added. 

It is interesting that Lee Westwood used the word “negotiation process” as it implies that both Helen Storey and his son Sam are equally competing to caddie for him. As of now, Sam has got the bag on his shoulders, but Storey will definitely make a return! 

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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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