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Westwood questions practice after Quiros hole-in-one

ESPN staff
June 14, 2012

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World No. 3 Lee Westwood has questioned his rivals for undergoing stringent practice routines ahead of the US Open, after a day that saw Spain's Alvaro Quiros hit a hole-in-one.

Quiros aced the par four seventh at Olympic Club, utilising his driver to make a mockery of the 288-yard hole. The Spaniard was left to rue the fact his magic had come a day early.

"It could count a little ridiculous, but it was an excellent shot," Quiros said. "You need to have luck to play good golf I think. Unfortunately it was in a practice round, but it's a good sign, isn't it?"

Westwood did not comment in direct relation to Quiros, but offered his view on those who slave away on getting to know the course. In Westwood's eyes, he would prefer to be fresh as he bids for a maiden major title.

"You learn golf courses quickly and I've only played a few holes on this one but I feel like I'm getting to know it already," he told Sky Sports News.

"You see some guys come out and beat their brains on the range and then playing six-hour practice rounds - by the time Thursday comes they look like they've played a tournament.

"It's about keeping your energy up and being ready for game time."

It has been suggested the tight Olympic Club course, which favours accuracy over power, will favour Westwood - who is arguably the best tee-to-green player on tour. The Worksop-born player does not disagree.

"US Opens always do, and major championships [in general] pretty much. I've been successful and come close over the past three years in majors.

"They test your accuracy because they really penalise the inaccurate player. I hit it straight off the tee and I'm pretty good with my irons."

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