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Focus On: Lee Westwood

The current world number two

Posted Sep 09, 2011 by Chris White

Westwood reached the world number one spot in 2010

Having been given half a set of clubs at the age of 13 by his grandparents, it wasn’t long before Lee Westwood was winning events, taking the junior championship in his home county of Nottinghamshire.

Born and bred in Worksop, the current world number two won his first amateur event in 1990 before turning professional three years later after winning the British Youth Championship. Throughout what has since become an 18-year professional career, Westwood has won 21 European Tour titles and reached the number one ranking in October 2010.

Despite this staggering number of victories, making him the ninth highest winner of all time on the European Tour, he is still yet to win a major, coming second in both the US Masters and the Open in 2010, as well as a best placed third finishes in the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2009.

Westwood has won the European Tour’s Order of Merit on two occasions, first in 2000 and most recently in 2009 but his biggest achievement has come in team golf.

As a member of the European Team, Westwood has won five Ryder Cups and been on the losing side twice in seven appearances, with the first victory coming at Valderrama in his first appearance in the team, and most recently last year’s one-point victory at Celtic Manor.

Next week, I’ll be focussing on another of the world’s best golfers, world number three Steve Stricker.

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