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Westwood, 3 pals guzzle 48 bottles of beer on 3 hr flight to celebrate St Jude Classic win

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London, Jun 17 (ANI): England's ace golfer Lee Westwood along with his three friends drank 48 bottles of beer on a three-hour flight from Memphis to Pebble Beach to celebrate his St Jude Classic win.Westwood received a boost ahead of the US Open, which starts on Thursday, by winning the St Jude Classic in Memphis.He said that it would be champagne all the way home if he follows up Sunday's St Jude Classic triumph by finally winning the US Open."Mind you, it may not be so good for your liver, because we loaded two 24 packs of beer onto the private jet from Memphis and downed the lot in just over three hours. There were eight of us on the flight, but that includes the pilot and co-pilot and two others weren't drinking either - so you do the maths."It was straight back to a strict diet and fitness regime but if I can follow up here, it won't be beer on the flight back to Worksop. It will be champagne and plenty of it," he added.He finished second, third, and third in the last three Majors and was just a shot away from making a play-off at the 2008 US Open.The world No. 3 dismissed the notion it is harder to follow up a victory by winning again the following week, even though he will have to make history to claim his first Major title, The Sun reports.The US Open, which was first played 115 years ago, is the only Major that has not yielded a win double.Westwood said: "I don't care what the record books say - it's absolute nonsense to say winning last week will harm my chances. Playing good golf and beating a world-class field can only help. It is great for your state of mind." (ANI)

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