Lee Westwood locks up with new short-game coach Johnstone
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Lee Westwood locks up with new short-game coach Johnstone

Lee Westwood has identified a new short-game coach: Tony Johnstone.

Golf World reports Westwood hired the Zimbabwe native after cleaning house - interim caddie, as well as swing coach Pete Cowen - following the PGA Championship.

Westwood ranks 193rd in scrambling, so he needs some help from inside of 50 yards. Johnstone has a limited CV, working with Robert Rock and Chris Wood on the European Tour, which he played in the 1990s. After a week-long tryout in Florida, however, Westwood approves. They will work together at The Barclays this week.

“A wise choice,” said Nick Price, countryman and friend of Johnstone. “[He's the most] underrated short-game player ever. I’m so happy for him, and I am sure he will help Lee a lot.”

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