Old Palm resident and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel finished the 2014 British Open tied for seventh place at 11 under par. His final round was an impressive 67, as he had five birdies and no bogeys on the demanding Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake as it is usually known), the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England. In fact, Schwartzel birdied three of the last four holes, giving him great momentum for his next tournament, the RBC Canadian Open, which starts July 24.
Old Palm Golf Club residents and members Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen hope to win the U.S. Open this weekend, but as always the competition will be fierce. Besides contending against a field of past champions and the worldâs best pros and amateurs, the players will have to contest with the courseâthe renowned Pinehurst No. 2. Considered the masterpiece of famed golf course architect Donald Ross, Pinehurst No. 2 was completed in 1907. Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore then renovated the course in 2011 to restore much of the native vegetation and lengthen certain holes. While the rough isnât ankle-high as in most U.S. Opens, the small, undulating turtle-back greens are expected to be extremely challenging. Coincidentally, Westwood, Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen had their best finishes at the U.S. Open in 2011, respectively finishing third and tied for 11th.
Following a strong 7th place finish in the Masters, Old Palm resident and member Lee Westwood immediately hopped on a plane and flew to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysian Open. It was a long trip, Westwood had little time to recover from jet lag, and yet he dominated the tournament to win by seven strokes âItâs a golf course that suits my game,â said Westwood. âItâs very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well and the short game is good.â Westwood led every round to finish 18 under par and capture his 13th victory in Asia. Not even the more than four-hour rain and lightning delay on Sunday could stop his momentum. In fact, just for good measure, Westwood birdied the last hole. He has been working with a new golf coach the past few weeks, and the results are…
Old Palm resident and member Lee Westwood ended the 2014 Masters in sole possession of seventh place at one-under par. Only seven players finished in red numbers, so once again Westwood distinguished himself in the tournament, as the Masters only invites a field of the worldâs best golfers. He played consistently, shooting between 70 and 73 all four days. In fact, Westwood usually plays well in the Masters. He finished second in 2010, third in 2012, and in the Top 10 four of the last five years. On the Wednesday before the Masters, Westwood played in the tournamentâs traditional Par 3 Contest and tweeted in his usual good humor, âBest score ever in the Par 3 today. Must have been my caddie. And he only stood on my ball marker once!â