Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ammmmerrricaaaa, F--K No?
Lee Westwood was one of the influential members of the 2010 European Ryder Cup win. He also moved to second in the world on Monday, and has a good chance at becoming the top dog if he can play decent at the Dunhill Links Championship this week in Scotland (tough to do when you've been drinking five days straight).
So what to do as his encore performance? Stop playing on the PGA Tour, that's why. His reasoning? Well, it isn't going to shock you and me, but it might piss off a man or two at PGA Tour headquarters.
"I don't want to be dictated to by having to go to America to play FedEx Cup when it doesn't really mean that much to me. It doesn't mean enough to me anyway.
"I think they (the PGA Tour) would like me to go and be a member there, but as of Monday evening I became an individual again and I do what's right for Lee Westwood now."
Talk about a blow to the FedEx Cup, but honestly, it's nice to see someone say things like this. A week or so ago I got an interesting e-mail from a guy high up at the PGA Tour questioning my article about the FedEx Cup. He said that players do in fact love the playoffs, but Westwood basically disses that claim.
This shouldn't surprise most people. While the PGA Tour is always thought to be the best tour in the world, and most people swarm it because of the money, it isn't like the European Tour is chopped liver. Those guys are really good, and the money is still fantastic, and Westwood obviously isn't worried about his bank account.
He wants to be closer to home and you can't blame him for that. The thing is, not having him on the PGA Tour means we will only see him a couple of times a year. That part definitely sucks.