PONTE VEDRA BEACH — After his final putt dropped for a birdie Friday at TPC Sawgrass, Lee Westwood celebrated the 5-footer by kissing his caddie.
Having fiancée Helen Storey carrying his golf bag has its benefits. Westwood’s caddie choice also epitomizes a more relaxed approach to the game as he enters the twilight of his career.
The 47-year-old will be the first to say he wasn’t wired this way a decade ago, when he believes he cared too much. Whatever he’s doing now is working.
Westwood continued his stroll through the Florida Swing, carding a 6-under par bogey-free 66 during Friday’s second round of the Players Championship to seize a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick.