DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 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 that begins 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 PGA Tour.