Northwestern Mutual World Challenge: Lee Westwood hopes for major in 2014
With a new coach and back with his old caddie, Lee Westwood hopes 2014 can be the year he finally breaks his major duck.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 05/12/13 2:37pm
The 40-year-old has 16 top 10s in majors, eight of those remarkably being top-three finishes, and he was love to go that one step further and get a major title on his impressive CV.
A move out to Florida looked to have given Westwood a nice little boost, and now having Foster back on the bag and a full winter working with Foley could help him take that final step.
A former World No 1 with 22 wins on the European Tour, a major title is the only thing missing for Westwood, and as he prepared to tee off in Tiger Woods' event he said the majors remained his big aim.
"Winning a major is probably the pinnacle of everybody's career," Westwood told Reuters. "My focus heading into next year will be to just work on everything really, just try and improve every aspect of my game. That's what you've got to plan on doing, keep doing.
"My swing hasn't been in sync all of this year, really and I've sort of been fumbling my way around the golf course. It's something I'm going to work on over the winter," said the Briton, long renowned for the quality of his ball-striking.
Westwood started working with Foley in June, and after a full winter with the man who has helped Woods and Justin Rose could prove the difference.
"It feels pretty comfortable working with him," Westwood added. "When you look at what Sean has achieved with Tiger and Justin (Rose), you've got to say he is in the top drawer as a coach. He obviously knows his stuff.
"After so long without a coach I felt I was getting a little bit out of sync. The idea of linking up with Sean was to get back to swinging the way I used to.
"Every time I had heard him talk about the swing and also when I spoke to him, I liked what he said, so if you like the way a coach teaches, that's a massive part of the battle."
Foster injured his knee 18 months ago so Westwood turned to Mike Kerr, but he is happy to now have his old mate back on his bag once again.
"We are very good friends so we are obviously going to have a close connection. I was just waiting for him (Foster) to get fit really.
"Obviously I had employed another caddie (Kerr) so it was only fair to him to give him a run. But it's nice to have Billy back on the bag."