Lee Westwood may have eventually missed the mark against an intensely hot Justin Thomas at the Players Championship, however there’s no uncertainty he is playing probably the best golf of his vocation.
On the off chance that you asked the 47-year-old how he’s figured out how to remain steady these previous few years, he’d probably highlight his caddie Helen Story, who additionally turns out to be his sweetheart.
Since 2018, when Story started assisting for Westwood, their relationship has consistently captured everyone’s attention at matches. Having your better half as your caddie is absolutely eccentric, however Westwood has credited Story for continually keeping him grounded.
“At my phase of my profession, there’s not a great deal a caddie can advise me, however clearly Helen gets me feeling awesome out there, and mentally she can help me and express the things that I need to hear,” Westwood said Saturday. “She encourages me in that angle a vast sum.”
Westwood and Story, 43, started dating after the English golf professional and his ex of 16 years, Laurae Coltart, isolated in 2015. The two were presented by Graham Wylie, an old buddy of Westwood’s who is additionally hitched to Story’s sister Andrea.
Coltart, with whom Westwood has two youngsters, asserted that Lee had an unsanctioned romance – which he denied. Also, the pair lawfully settled their separation in 2017. Story was additionally hitched once prior to meeting Westwood and has a little girl.
Their science is obviously unquestionable. Indeed, even Bryson DeChambeau, who was additionally in dispute on Monday, can perceive how Story helps Westwood out on the green.
“She’s keeping him consistent and reasonable and she’s a stone,” DeChambeau said. “(She) keeps his psyche zeroed in on the correct things and she’s been amazing for him. That is one of his distinct advantages.”
Story has been Westwood’s caddie since he made it to the 2018 Denmark competition. Before Story, Billy Foster was Westwood’s caddie before their relationship reached a conclusion because of conflicts.
Westwood reviewed to Golfweek the first run through Story went with him at an expert competition. At the point when Westwood cut a major piece of turf on one of his first swings, Story didn’t stop for a second to get the chunk of grass to fill the divot mark as caddies regularly do.
“She’s strolling back with the divot like this,” Westwood said, holding his palm out and away from his body to illustrate, per Golfweek.
At the point when Westwood asked Story what wasn’t right, she answered, “I trust there’s not a worm in this.”
Soon after, Westwood procured his first European Tour win since 2014 at the Nedbank Challenge with Story as his caddie. She has been with him from that point forward.
“Clearly I manage everything well with Helen,” Westwood said in 2019, per Golfweek. “She doesn’t know a lot about golf however she knows a great deal about the manner in which my brain works. So she keeps me in a decent attitude and zeroing in on the perfect things at the perfect time.
“There’s a whole other world to assisting than conveying and getting the breeze heading.”
Story’s Instagram account demonstrates her to be a wellness devotee. She apparently filled in as a health specialist prior to handling her gig as Westwood’s caddie.
Westwood is playing just as he’s played in approximately 10 years, when he had a progression of top-three completions at majors. He’s rarely won a significant, however, and a Players Championship triumph would be the greatest of his profession.