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Lee Westwood splits with coach

Lee Westwood has parted company with long-time coach Pete Cowen in a desperate bid to turn his form around. The European number one is lining up Butch Harmon, who coaches world number one Tiger Woods and Darren Clarke, as a replacement.

Westwood's slide to 46th place in the order of merit prompted the change, and follows his decision to sacked his caddy three weeks ago.

There is no animosity, it's just that each of them feel a break is needed

Andrew Chandler, who manages Westwood's business affairs, said he could join Harmon by the end of the year. Westwood will be coached temporarily by BobTorrance, the 70-year-old father of European Ryder Cup captain Sam.

Chandler said: "Lee spoke to Peter this morning and so did I. There is no animosity or anything like that.

"It's just that each of them feel a break is needed. Who's to say Lee won't get back with Pete in the future?"

The Englishman made his debut on the European Tour in 1994 alongside Cowen, but a fall to 21st on the world rankings prompted Westwood to rethink his strategy.

He has missed six cuts in 18 European tournaments this season, including a dismal 117th place in the Dunhill Links Championship.

Torrance, who also coaches Ireland's Padraig Harrington, has already started working with Westwood.

Chandler said: "If there's still no progress, Lee will try Butch before Tiger's event (the Williams World Challenge in California from 13-16 December)."

Westwood is set to contest next month's season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain before travelling to Sun City in Southern Africa for the Million Dollar Challenge.

He will then end his playing commitments for the year in Los Angeles where he will compete in the Williams World Challenge.


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