Honda Classic: ‘Tired’ Lee Westwood misses cut as Aaron Wise leads

Honda Classic: ‘Tired’ Lee Westwood misses cut as Aaron Wise leads

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Lee Westwood's son Sam has been caddying for him this week
Lee Westwood’s son Sam has been caddying for him this week
-12 A Wise (US); -9 B Hagy (US), M Jones (Aus); -8 S Ryder (US), -7 S Lowry (Ire), D McCarthy (US), R Henley (US), S Harrington (US)
Selected others: -4 A Scott (Aus); -1 P Mickelson (US); L T Lewis (Eng); Missed cut: +2 R Knox (Sco); +3 I Poulter (Eng); +8 L Westwood (Eng)

England’s Lee Westwood says he felt tired as he missed the cut at the Honda Classic in Florida after successive runners-up finishes on the PGA Tour.

He finished one shot behind Justin Thomas at the Players Championship and lost by the same margin to American Bryson DeChambeau a week earlier.

The 47-year-old finished eight over par after two rounds on the Champions Course at PGA National on Friday.

Aaron Wise leads by three shots at 12 under par at the halfway stage.

Fellow American Brandon Hagy is at nine under, alongside Australia’s Matt Jones, who led heading into day two after tying the course record of 61.

Ireland’s 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry is a further two strokes back at seven under.

Westwood, who won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai last year, carded a level-par 70 on Thursday but was eight over for his second round.

The former world number one made three double bogeys and three bogeys, with his sole birdie coming on the par-four eighth.

“This was probably a tournament too far for me, after the run I’ve had the last two weeks,” he said. “But I felt like I should play here this week.

“In an ideal world this would have been a week off after finishing second the last two weeks. What can you do? It just felt like one I had to play, I kind of glazed over out there I was so tired.”

Westwood took his son, Sam, to play Augusta National earlier this week and he was caddying for him in Palm Beach Gardens in preparation for doing so at the Masters next month.

“Sam is enjoying himself and looking forward to this run of tournaments where he’s getting to caddie,” said Westwood, whose fiancee Helen Storey was on his bag for his two second-placed finishes, before the tournament.

“I just like being out there with the both of them. Both keep me relaxed. We have good chats out there. It’s good bonding time.”

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