World number 4 Lee Westwood has hired Tony Johnstone of Zimbabwe, a former player on the Tour from the African country with quite a remarkable story to help him with his short game on the greens.
Westwood has not been going through the best patches of form and although he has managed to remain within the top 10, it is has been put down to the inconsistency of others than his own performances.
He has been forced by his new coach to review his performances and watch golf online to see if he can pick up a few tips and tricks from fellow golfers.
The 39 year old even missed the cut at the recently concluded PGA Championship recently and split with Pete Cowen, who had been his coach for a very long time as well as Mike Waite, who was temporarily caddying for him. Johnstone, all of 56 years old right now, has six titles in the European Tour under his belt and his expertise in the short game had earned him plenty of plaudits during his playing days.
As a matter of fact, Johnstone even topped the short game statistics of the Tour back between the 1998 and 200 seasons and Lee Westwood is hoping that he will be able to help him develop a part of his game that he has struggled with since he burst on to the scene. Having been diagnosed with MS or multiple sclerosis back in 2004, the career of Johnstone was almost on the verge of being ended and his condition began to deteriorate so rapidly that he could hardly walk on his own at one point.
However, he managed to fight off the disease using revolutionary drugs and made his comeback to the golfing circuit, joining the European Seniors Tour, winning two more titles. Lee Westwood has been working with the Zimbabwean for the last one week now in Jupiter Island and he will be on his side when he tees off at The Barclays.
He is already a nailed on member of Team Europe when they face Team USa, with the latest Ryder Cup betting making Europe slim favourites over their American counterparts.