Westwood, 39, realizes his time as an elite player is running out. He believes a move to the States will increase his chances to become a major champion, something he’s failed to become in 57 attempts. The Englishman has 15 top-10 finishes in majors. Nearly half have been top threes.
“There are a number of reasons,” Westwood said at BBC Sport, “but the main one is I haven’t got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can.”
He also cited the elements as a factor in the move.
“With our weather it is hard to practise when you want to practise in the UK.”
Westwood will still be a member of the European Tour while joining players such as Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey who have taken up residence on the western side of the Atlantic.