Lee Westwood has returned to Western Australia and will come out guns blazing on Thursday for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
Teeing it up in the innovative, stoke play / match play formatted tournament, Westwood believes aggression and birdies will be the key to success at Lake Karrinyup.
“I think match play is a more mental game than stroke play, so mentally you have to be sharp and on your game for certainly the match play stages,” said Westwood who is no stranger to Lake Karrinyup Country Club having last played the course in 2003’s Johnnie Walker Classic.
“But like I said, it’s just so fast and furious, six holes, that you probably won’t have that much time to think. So it’s just a case of coming out and hitting good shots early on and making putts and getting up and getting the momentum, I think, more than anything.”
Westwood said the change from regular 72-hole stroke play to the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth format will result in a change of tactics to make the top-24 and attack in the match play on Sunday.
“Obviously with it being a short format of six holes and if you don’t win you’re out, you’re going to have to be of a different mindset, be much more aggressive than you would do normally,” added Westwood.
“But also match play, the key is not giving holes away, so you don’t want to, like I said earlier, short side yourself or maybe knock it past and three putt. You don’t want to be giving holes away, that makes it much more difficult.
“You might come up against somebody that’s really hot and they might birdie the first four holes and then it’s all over. So you just never know, you need a little bit of luck in this format.”
The format isn’t the only innovation Westwood approves of; the former World Number 1 is impressed by the PGA Open Mic initiative that will take fans inside the ropes through the FOX SPORTS broadcast this week.
Driven by the PGA of Australia and FOX SPORTS, this initiative will see ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia players interact live with the commentary team as they play their round.
“I think it’s a good idea, I think in the days of social media and all this interactive stuff that, you know, people like to hear from the players as they’re playing,” said Westwood.
“It’s not a real problem, I don’t swear too much on the golf course, so you won’t have to have your finger on the bleep button with me too much.
“As long as the mic and the pack doesn’t get in the way, which I don’t think it will, then I think it’s a great initiative and it’s great for the fans at home to be kind of right there on the spot as we’re actually playing rather than, you know, hearing the politically correct drivel that we all come out with at the end of the round.
“You’re bound to get a bit more emotion and spontaneity out on the golf course.”
For just a $25* general admission fans can watch Danny Willett, Brett Rumford, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Lee Westwood and others in action in the innovative ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. While children aged 16 years and under enter free of charge.
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.com.au.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will once again be live on Fox Sports from 8-11 February, check local guides for details.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth event is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA.