Lee Westwood regarded exhausted as he emerged from the recording space after signing for a second successive 69 that has left him well-placed on the midway stage of the Dubai Desert Basic.
His fatigue had little to do with the truth that his forty ninth birthday is developing in April. ‘I actually don’t really feel like I’m getting a lot air into my lungs in the mean time,’ admitted the Englishman, who’s asthmatic. ‘Taking part in proper now’s draining.’
Westwood caught Covid final December, and, along with his underlying signs, continues to be feeling the results. ‘Let’s simply say I’m glad I’m vaccinated,’ he stated.
Lee Westwood caught Covid in December 2021 and he nonetheless feeling the affect of the virus
‘I had an extended spell the place I simply didn’t really feel like doing something and all my health club work went out of the window. Once I performed in Abu Dhabi final week it was the primary time I’d walked 18 holes for over three months.’
Now embarking on his twenty ninth season on the European Tour, he’s nonetheless comfortably ranked among the many world’s high 50.
Solely he can say whether or not his determination to show down the Ryder Cup captaincy had something to do with a mind-numbing monetary proposal to affix the Saudi bandwagon in 2023 however there may be a lot to assist his public providing that his determination is all about eager to proceed for so long as he can as a participant.
The 49-year-old is vaccinated however admitted he struggles to get air into his lungs
On a beefed-up Emirates course the place straight driving will get its reward, Westwood known as upon his biggest power through the years to assist beat back the waves of tiredness to be positioned inside the highest 10 after two rounds, 5 strokes behind the chief, South African Justin Harding, on 11 below.
A basic weekend at this iconic occasion is in prospect with the inimitable Tyrrell Hatton main a powerful UK problem, transferring into second place on 9 below following a 66. He appears to be like within the temper to make amends for his 18th gap antics in Abu Dhabi.
Tucked in behind him is Rory McIlroy, whose play off the tee is so good proper now he makes even a 66 look concerning the restrict of what he ought to rating. Alongside him is the renaissance man Richard Bland, after which come Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Sam Horsfield and defending champion Paul Casey.
That is the final European Tour occasion for Casey’s highly-regarded caddie John McLaren earlier than he takes an extended sabbatical.
Westwood stated the lingering impact of Covid was making taking part in golf an ordeal for him
Nonetheless, the Englishman carded two consecutive rounds of 69 in Dubai this week
Recognized affectionately as ‘Johnnie Lengthy Socks’ on account of his apparel, flying forwards and backwards throughout the Atlantic through the pandemic has taken its toll on McLaren, who has two younger youngsters.
After six years with former world No 1 Luke Donald after which the identical stretch with Casey, he has been on the forefront of golf life on tour and identified loads of good instances.
His favorite second was not the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, surprisingly sufficient, the place he had a ringside seat as Donald performed a key position within the unfolding of the miracle.
‘The Olympic Video games final yr was the spotlight,’ he stated. ‘The best way we had been handled, to see what it meant to so many athletes. It was magical.’
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