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Musician Kenny G putts on the 18th hole of the $100,000 celebrity charity shoot-out golf match at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (LiPo Ching/Staff)

PEBBLE BEACH -- Lee Westwood has undergone a sea of change heading into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Golf's Mr. Consistency has a new home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., which must seem light-years removed from the frigid winters of his old farm in Worksop, England.

He has new clubs and a new American-made mindset, with his 40th birthday fast approaching. Plus, Westwood will make his 2013 PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach with the added treat of being paired with his dad, John, in the pro-am.

John and Trish Westwood are celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary, and "my mum's birthday is next week, so it's a bit of a present," Lee Westwood said.

Father and son last played together in a pro-am in 2000 in South Africa.

"We won it, so we're on a streak," said Westwood, who is ranked eighth in the world and coming off a fifth-place finish in Dubai.

During a press event Wednesday, Westwood discussed his sunny new reality. The transplant from England is enjoying life in South Florida along with his wife, Laurae, and their children, Samuel and Poppy, since moving in early December.

Now he can practice year round in shorts and a T-shirt and avoid the jet-lagging trips from Europe. He has 70 top-25 finishes in 161 tour events but only two wins.

"There is a lot new," he said. "Living in a new country. Moved to Florida just before Christmas. I spent eight weeks there over the winter and over Christmas, so I've certainly done a lot more practice and played a lot more rounds of golf in the winter than I normally would have. So I've come out hitting the ground running this year."

He also has a new PING G25 driver, 3-wood, utility/rescue club and a new putter.

"Just a new mindset with living in a new country and playing more full time over here," he said.

The weather is a little better, too.

"It's slightly better than the foot of snow we got in England," he said.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who is back after finishing tied for seventh last year at the AT&T event, said moving across the pond doesn't work for everyone.

"I'm sure it's not a big change for Lee," Harrington said. "As I asked him this week, and probably the more pertinent question: 'Was his wife and kids enjoying it?' and he said they were, which is going to decide a lot more, you better believe it. It's much more to do with your family than with anything else."

Westwood, who will turn 40 on April 24, credits his dad, a math teacher, with starting him in golf when he was 13 and a talented soccer, rugby and cricket player in England.

"Yeah, he's had a massive influence on me," Westwood said. "He's the reason really I've gotten so good at the game. You know, he and my mum invested a lot in me when I was growing up." Westwood will tee it up for just the second time in the AT&T event, and his first start here since 2005. But he's had success at Pebble Beach, finishing tied for 16th in the 2010 U.S. Open and tied for fifth in the 2000 U.S. Open.

Why did he come back this year?

"A chance to to play with my dad and a chance to play this tournament," said Westwood, who will also play in the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades next week.

Westwood is coming off a solid 2012 season in which he had seven top-10 finishes out of 15 events, but no wins. He did enjoy a victory in the Ryder Cup.

He has enjoyed much success in California, placing third at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines and tied for 10th at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.

He tried to explain the allure of Pebble Beach.

"No matter what level you're at, good day, bad day, it's still a stunning place," Westwood said. "If you're having a bad day and you can't concentrate on your golf, you can always look around and find something beautiful to look at.

"It's just a magical place to play golf. I've always said it's my favorite place. People always ask me where I would like to play my last round of golf. If it wasn't a golf course by a hospital, it would be Pebble Beach."

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