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Swear at your risk when mum's watching

Lee Westwood was forced to apologise after his mum caught him swearing on live television at last week's Qatar Masters, the world No.3 said on Tuesday.

other Updated: Feb 07, 2012 23:34 IST

Lee Westwood was forced to apologise after his mum caught him swearing on live television at last week's Qatar Masters, the world No.3 said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred during the 38-year-old Briton's closing 69 on Sunday, a round that left him in a tie for 12th place behind tournament winner Paul Lawrie who finished on 15-under-par.

"My mum was the first person on the phone and she said you might want to apologise," said Westwood.

"I didn't think that down at four-under-par I would be on TV. It's amazing how sensitive these microphones are."

After the conversation with his mum, Westwood issued an immediate apology on his Twitter account.

"Sorry about swearing on the 16th tee. Came off like a rocket and thought it was going further! Wash my mouth out! Perils of live tv!", he wrote.

Westwood, who also finished in a tie for 17th at the Abu Dhabi Championship two weeks ago, said he had mixed feelings about his early-season form.

Westwood said he would need to be accurate off the tee at the Dubai Desert Classic starting on Thursday. "Normally they grow the rough up a little bit here," he said.