Lee Westwood’s wife talks about caddying at Augusta in an interview

Don’t underestimate the hills of Augusta National Golf Club, where the 2022 Masters begin on Thursday.

Lee Westwood’s wife, Helen Westwood (née Storey), who is the pro’s personal trainer and caddy, said she feels “like an 80-year-old” carrying his golf bag, which could weigh about 42 pounds fully equipped.

“Augusta is definitely the toughest course I’ve caddyed on – and the thought of going to eight always fills me with absolute dread,” she said, according to The Sun.

After completing the “terrible” 570-yard uphill stretch to the eighth hole a number of times, Westwood said it gave her nightmares over the years.

“Honestly, it rises at about a 45-degree angle the entire length of the hole,” she said. “I’m a fitness trainer, but when I get to the green I’m out of breath. I feel like someone who smokes 60 cigarettes a day!”

Westwood has been a caddie for her husband since at least 2018. He gave her his bag at the Made In Denmark event in September after giving his then-usual caddie Billy Foster a week off.

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“People don’t realize how hilly Augusta is because you don’t really get all the ups and downs of television. Before we start, I always go through the bag and ask things like, “Do you really need that water bottle? There is water on every tee. We recently played a practice round with Shane Lowry and I picked up his bag and mine was a lot heavier. I’d swear Lee had some house bricks or some iron weights hidden in there if I hadn’t checked it out so thoroughly.”

Westwood caddyed to a full crowd in Augusta in 2019 before caddying for her husband on an abandoned course in November 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“When I was caddy in 2020, it just felt so spooky without the crowds,” she said. “If I’ve done this before, you know what’s going on all the way because of the famous Augusta roar. Even some moaning is sometimes loud enough to hear. It’s nice to hear these mass eruptions. So it was very strange not to hear anything at all the whole way. Almost spooky.

A view from the tee of the eighth hole at Augusta National.
A view from the tee of the eighth hole at Augusta National.
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“I suppose it’s probably worse for me because I’ve gotten used to getting loads of crowd interaction. I get a few whistles and the odd cheeky comment – though not so much from Augusta, because they’re so polite. But 2020 has been a very strange experience.”

Although caddying for her husband at Augusta can be exhausting, Westwood looks forward to the event every year — and actually enjoys the all-white overalls she and other caddies are required to wear around the course.

“It’s a nice feeling just to put on these boiler suits. You feel like you’re part of golf history and it’s actually quite cozy – as long as the weather isn’t too hot!”

Lee and Helen Westwood pose with the Ryder Cup trophy
Lee and Helen Westwood pose with the Ryder Cup trophy
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Now Westwood will be in front of a crowd of around 60,000 at Augusta Caddy for this year’s Masters – where Tiger Woods will be competing for the first time since he nearly lost his right leg in a car accident last February.

The couple married in Las Vegas last June, just before the US Open. Lee Westwood’s wife talks about caddying at Augusta in an interview


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