Sponge and Westwood combo working well
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 US Open | Round Four | 18 Jun 2012
A month ago Gold Coast (Australia) based New Zealander Michael (Sponge) Waite was up early each morning preparing ingredients for his Subway outlet to open a few hours later.
Then came the call which would change his immediate plans. Waite had heard that the bag of world number three Lee Westwood might be up for grabs and so called Westwood’s injured caddy Billy Foster to see if there might be a way he could be put into the mix for the role.
Foster’s injury would mean as long as six months with Westwood and when Waite got the call from Westwood’s manager Chubby Chandler to say the job was his he put his Subway outlet in the capable hands of hands of his shop manager and headed to the UK.
Waite, an experienced caddy with a US Open title to his credit courtesy of Michael Campbell, began working with Westwood at the BMW PGA where they finished 33rd.
Two weeks later in Sweden, however, Westwood won by five and now as the pair head into the final day of the 2012 US Open they are amongst the favourites to take the title in what is bound to be a tighly fought battle to the finish.
Westwood added a third round of 67 yesterday, continuing his recovery from an opening hole double bogey on Thursday and a round of 73. He followed that up with an even par 72 on Friday and after yesterday’s equal best round of the day he sits just three from the lead of Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk .
Westwood is arguably the game’s best player without a major championship and while that may or may not change today, the combination between he and Waite has already proven very successful.
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