With another U.S. Open looming a week away, Lee Westwood decided to play the St. Jude Classic as a preparation for Pebble Beach. So far, it seems that was a great idea.
Westwood is tied for the lead with Garrett Willis, nine-under after two days in Memphis. He is hitting the ball far (302 yards per poke), making his putts (tied for fifth at the St. Jude) and has found 70 percent of the greens in regulation.
While a win here would be huge for a guy like Westwood, it is apparent that the focus is next week, at a tournament that he can win.
If his play continues, it might not just be the St. Jude that Westwood dominates. Pebble Beach might finally be the place he leaves that ugly monkey that has followed him all these years.