Lee Westwood sets up home in the Capital

Lee Westwood at the  Augusta National
Lee Westwood at the Augusta National
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Edinburgh now has Lee Westwood flying its flag on the biggest stages in golf.

The Ryder Cup star has set up a new base in the Capital, where his two children – Sam and Poppy – go to school.

Westwood listed “Edinburgh, Scotland” as his home in the official players’ guide for the 80th Masters.

His preparation for the event included some golf at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian.

Indeed, the former world No.1 had a hole-in-one – the 15th of his career – at the sixth there just over a month ago.

Around the same time, Westwood also posted a picture on Twitter of him and Sam at Murrayfield to see Scotland take on France in the Six Nations.

The 42-year-old first gave an indication that he was looking to make the city his new home in last year’s Turkish Airlines Open.

In a promotional video for the event, he was shown as having started his journey to Antalya from Edinburgh along with a clip of the Forth Bridge.

Westwood joins fellow European Tour player Richie Ramsay in being based in the Capital.

Aberdonian Ramsay has now lived in Edinburgh for a few years and has struck up relationships with some clubs in the city, notably Murrayfield.

It also means there are four current European Tour players in the Lothians, the other ones being bathgate’s Stephen Gallacher, of course, and Jamie McLeary, who lives in Bonnyrigg.

Add in Cockburnspath-based David Drysdale, who cut his golfing teeth at Dunbar, and that total is five.

Two other players a notch or two down the ladder in professional golf are also now based in and around Edinburgh.

Challenge Tour player Chris Doak lives in Livingston and MENA Tour man Duncan Stewart has a home in the city.