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Westwood deserves to be number one

Indonesian Masters win returns Lee to the top

Posted Apr 26, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood returned to the top of golf’s world rankings following his victory at the Indonesian Masters and was immediately bombarded with questions surrounding his credentials. Many feel that because he hasn’t yet won a major, he doesn’t deserve to be considered the world’s best, with a host of former stars suggesting the current ranking system is flawed.
Yet Westwood believes his achievement shouldn’t be understated, saying that it’s his consistency over the past few years that is being recognised.
Niock Faldo, a six-time major champion and former world number one tweeted: “Nothing at all against Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at No. 1 – that’s the system – but I think system should give extra points for a major win.”
Westwood retorted: “The world rankings and majors are separate things. The world rankings are about consistency and playing well week-in, week-out, which I tend to do.”
But which opinion do you think is right?
For me, I agree with Westwood. Although majors are the pinnacle of a each golfer’s calendar I don’t tend to agree that if you win one of the four it makes you the best golfer in the world. For instance, as much as I respect the achievements of Charl Schwartzel, I don’t believe winning the Masters makes him a better candidate than the likes of Donald and Westwood.
The fact that those two Englishmen have been consistently challenging for titles on both the PGA and the European Tour and winning other titles earns them the right to be at the top of the tree.
If both had not been at the races at majors then that argument could be contested, but the fact that Westwood in particular, has finished second and third more than once highlights to me that he deserves his seat at the top of the table.
So are the world rankings accurate? In simple terms, yes. They highlight who has been the most consistent golfer over the past two years and simply state that to be up at the top you have to win more than just the majors.
Will Westwood be happy with just the world number one spot? No, not at all. He will be driven to win as many of the biggest titles in the sport as he can. All golfers dream of winning the Masters or the Open yet few actually fulfil it so I’m sure that he will do all he can to stay at the top of the rankings and add a major crown in along the way.

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