Westwood targets season-opening win in Dubai

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 29, 2013

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 04: Lee Westwood of England on the 10th fairway during the first round the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 4, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
He's got a new caddie and a new home in the United States. Lee Westwood hopes those changes translate into victories this year, starting with the Dubai Desert Classic which begins on Thursday. The seventh-ranked Englishman has been a runner up in his season-opening tournament three times, including last year when he led after three rounds but lost to Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Westwood missed a seven-footer on 17 that could have tied, and one on 18 to force a playoff. After missing the cut at the U.S. PGA Championship, Westwood split from coach Pete Cowen and temporary caddie Mike Waite. Mike Kerr, normally on the bag for Alvaro Quiros, took over. Westwood also moved to Florida with his family in December after rejoining the U.S. PGA Tour.
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