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Lee Westwood hoping new clubs will restore form
January 28, 2010

Last year’s European number one Lee Westwood is confident a new set of golf clubs will soon return him to winning ways.

The Briton complained the clubs supplied by Ping “felt like fishing rods” when he missed the cut at last week’s Abu Dhabi Championship.

The company shipped Westwood another set and he quickly found them to his liking, shooting a 63 at a charity event in Dubai on Monday.

“Missing the cut in Abu Dhabi did not look good for me,” the world number four told reporters on the eve of the Qatar Masters. “But there were valid reasons.

“After the decision (by golf’s lawmakers) to change the regulations about the grooves (this year) I had to find a new set of clubs and the timing was not good for me because I was playing some of the best golf of my life at the end of 2009.

“Unfortunately the snow back home and a family holiday did not allow me to bed in a new set … and when I got out here in the desert I did not feel comfortable. Now I am hoping to get back into the old routine.”

Westwood, who topped the European money-list last season after victory at the Dubai World Championship in November, has a club specialist in attendance this week in case he needs him.

“I have got a back-up plan here as Ping has flown out a club technician so that if I need any further minor adjustments they can be made after each round,” he said.

Westwood will play the opening two rounds with fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and American Kenny Perry.

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