July 17, 2008

Westwood: Lean and mean

Tiger Woods had some competition for "best body" during the U.S. Open. Lee Westwood, 35, arrived at Torrey Pines ripped and using prime-time TV to show off his new physique. At September's Ryder Cup, he'll once again be an ironman for Europe, having played in every match starting in 1997 -- albeit in various shapes. When he was on the crisps, biscuits and chocolate, and drinking more than the occasional glass of wine, Westwood had a 40-inch waistline. He has lost six inches in the midsection but gained nearly 10 pounds and is up to fullback-like dimensions of 6-feet, 215 pounds. The change comes from a fitness program created in 2006 by trainer Stephen McGregor of Sports Science Solutions. The leaner Westwood, who finished one stroke out of the Woods-Rocco Mediate playoff, says he feels more stamina at the end of rounds and is 15 yards longer with his driver. He also went from the 200s to the top 20 in the World Golf Ranking. "It's a massive difference," he says. ...Nancy Lopez saw Annika Sorenstam at the U.S. Women's Open and told the soon-to-retire Hall of Famer that she could have a family and remain competitive. Sorenstam smiled and said, "I'll call when I need advice about that." ...Chris Evert found out what it was going to be like as Mrs. Greg Norman when she accompanied the Shark on an around-the-world trip after their Bahamas wedding in late June. The newlyweds visited the pyramids of Egypt and a secret honeymoon retreat while Norman oversaw golf-course projects and planned to play in the British, Senior British and Senior U.S. Opens. ...Anthony Kim's famous "AK" bling belt might get some play at the Ryder Cup. After winning the AT&T National to lock up a spot on the U.S. squad, the 23-year-old Kim contacted the beltmaker to see if a red, white and blue model could be made for the team. Captain Paul Azinger said he doesn't have a problem with it. "If we had a bunch of 18-year-old kids on the team," adds Kim, "they'd all want to wear it."