Westwood saves drowning man, Dustin denies cocaine issue

Lee Westwood rescues drowning businessman in Barbados, Dustin Johnson denies cocaine problem but admits to drinking too much.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015

Westwood saves drowning man while on holiday

Lee Westwood saved a man in danger of drowning while on holiday in Barbados, according to the Birmingham Mail.

British multimillionaire Colin Davies, a Parkinsons sufferer, was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean when his knees locked.

His wife was too far away to hear his cries for help but Westwood jumped into the water and took Davies to safety.

Davies did not recognise the golf star, describing him as a "muscular male (who) grabbed me and, with tremendous but gentle care, got me back to my lounge bed."

Once he was informed who his rescuer was, Davies said: "If there is a power looking over us, I hope he takes note and delivers three majors to this kind and gentle human being."

Johnson denies cocaine problem

Dustin Johnson has admitted he has a number of issues, one of which is drinking too much, but explained using cocaine was not one of them. 

Johnson told Sports Illustrated: "I did not have a problem. It's just something I'm not going to get into. I have issues. But that's not the issue."

The American added: "My way of getting rid of (stress) was drinking or partying. Yeah, that might work for that day or the next week, but eventually everything keeps piling up.

"The mentality of being invincible is great when I'm playing golf. But where I was struggling was when I wasn't playing golf.”

Johnson and fiancé Paulina Gretzky have recently given birth to their first child, a boy.

Mickelson puts 2014 behind him 

Phil Mickelson says it has been a while since he felt so at ease on a golf course as he looks to put a disappointing 2014 behind him.

"The worst year of my career," is how Mickelson described last season to Golf, by TourMiss.

"In the first five or six weeks (of 2015) I’ve had some immediate results," he added. "I’m developing more core strength and speed and increasing my ball speed. It’s been a while since I felt so at ease."

Walker learns from first Ryder Cup experience

Jimmy Walker is determined to learn from his 2014 Ryder Cup experience as he looks to build on his win at the Sony Open.

"That was huge, that Sunday match against Lee (at the Ryder Cup)," the American told the Associated Press. "That was another day where I didn't want to let him have anything.

“After the Ryder Cup I said, `I need to figure how to get in that mode, where every shot means so much.' That's how it felt. I was so engaged in every shot I hit. I've got to try to figure out how to do that week in and week out. And that's how I felt today."

Donald chooses PGA Tour

For the first time in his career Luke Donald will tee it up in the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge, passing up the chance to play the European Tour’s Desert Swing.

“In previous years Northern Trust [Open] has been kind of my first event of the year and I feel like I’m getting left behind a little bit,” the Englishman told the Golf Channel.

The former world number one will maintain his European Tour card but knows it will be tough to juggle events.