Lee Westwood Got New-look 18th

Lee Westwood Got New-look 18th

Of the 150 players in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship, only one managed an eagle on the radically-altered par five.

That was Scot Marc Warren and you had to get there early to see it. He was in the very first group.

The idea behind the ditch that curls in front and then left of the raised green was to make the hole more dramatic, but the vast majority of the field decided instead to play safe, even with the tee moved forward.

In addition to the lone eagle, there were only 24 birdies, 21 bogeys and four double bogey sevens. Exactly 100 players made par.

What happens in Sunday’s final round could swing things back towards those who like the change, but they should not expect Lee Westwood to alter his view. We offer golf clubs for sale.

The world number three, who resumed on Friday on one under par and five behind 22-year-old Danny Willett, said: “They’ve got the green elevation wrong – it’s too high – and it needs to be a bit bigger.

Westwood likes some of the other changes made by Ernie Els and course owner Richard Caring – the total cost was over £6million – but he was a fan of the entire closing stretch and doubts it will provide such good entertainment the way it ios now.

Els himself was one of those who went for the green in two, but his five-wood found the water.

“They understand we are trying to toughen it up, give them a bit more room off the tee and really get the shot-makers to have a good time.”

Willett, a team-mate of Rory McIlroy at the 2007 Walker Cup and chasing his first Tour win, led by one overnight from Australian left-hander Richard Green.

Midlander Steve Webster with discount golf clubs was alongside Green with two to play and in years gone by would have hoped to finish birdie-birdie at least.

In a perfect illustration of the what the situation has become, however, he bogeyed the long 17th – Padraig Harrington took eight there in his 71 – and parred the last.

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