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Does Westwood deserve the top spot?

Posted Nov 02, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Lee Westwood

Englishman Lee Westwood has been crowned the world’s best golfer for the first time in his career, ending a 281-week reign at the top of the rankings for Tiger Woods. He becomes the first European to hold the title since Sir Nick Faldo in 1994.
Describing his achievement as “a highlight, a great honour and a big responsibility”, Westwood took over at the top after German Martin Kaymer failed to finish in the top two at Valderrama this weekend.
But does the Nottingham-born star deserve this position in world golf?
When you take major successes into consideration it’s difficult to see how Westwood can be the world number one – he has never won a major title but last year finished runner-up at the Open and the US Masters and has finished third at the US Open and the PGA Championship. He did win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2009.
Saying this, I believe that Westwood does deserve the accolade. He has been there or there abouts in so many contests and has amassed the most world ranking points over the past two years and that is all that matters.
Does Tiger Woods deserve to be number one despite not winning a single tournament in the past year? No he doesn’t yet he is still in the top echelons of the rankings.
There have been many split opinions on whether Westwood deserves to be number one with six-time major winner Nick Faldo saying he doesn’t as he hasn’t won a major whilst Greg Norman, who was ranked number one for 331 weeks during his career, believes he does.
Whilst I think the points scoring system is flawed, I do honestly believe that Westwood is a worthy occupant of this position.
He has easily been the most consistent golfer over the past two years and his presence at the Ryder Cup was a massive boost for the Europeans that turned the tide in their favour.
He should be congratulated on achieving such success and we should embrace him as world number one. However, he now has to go out there and prove his doubters wrong by picking up his first major title. Good on you Lee and the best of luck.

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