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Tour Report: No. 16: Lee Westwood

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2013 PREVIEW: Lee Westwood re-joined the TOUR in 2012 and had a very solid season, posting seven top-10s in 15 starts and finishing 10th in the FedExCup Playoffs. With his eye on the majors and the $10 million FedExCup prize, Westwood is actually moving his family to south Florida this winter to better prepare. After nine top-10s in his last 19 major starts, will this year be the Brit’s breakthough?

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Westwood tied for third at the Masters, missing the playoff between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes. It was his seventh finish of third or better in a major since 2008. He finished the season strong, too — posting two top 10s in the FedExCup Playoffs, highlighted by a tie for second at the BMW Championship — and had two wins overseas. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Lee overheard me talking while hitting a shot and in the nicest way possible told me my voice was carrying. I sometimes wonder if the situation was reversed, if I would have handled it in the same manner. Lee is a great ball-striker who has improved his short-game. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: While he didn’t win in 2012, his renewal of PGA TOUR membership was a boon for salary gamers. Now priced at just over $3 million, he’s not as obvious an investment, but gamers love that he still has a chip on his shoulder as best active golfer never to have won a major. Meanwhile, the series of changes in his stable later in the season reflected both necessity and urgency. The X-factor moving forward is how he fares with new caddie, Mike Kerr, who spells the dismissed Billy Foster. However, expect nothing but business as usual in Westwood’s progress and results. If anything, putting closure to that situation will erase any residual doubt. It most certainly eliminated an unfortunate distraction. I am bullish on the Brit. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

Regular Season ranking
51st

Final Playoffs ranking
10th

Best finishes T2 BMW Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 15
Cuts made: 14
Rounds played: 54
Top-10 finishes: 7
Money List rank: 24th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 29th
Driving accuracy: 76th
Greens in regulation: 3rd
Strokes gained-putting: 175th
Scoring average: 24th

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