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Westwood wins in South Africa

Brit stays top of world rankings with stunning performance

Posted Dec 08, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood has ended the year as golf’s world number one following a devastating performance for his rivals that saw him take an eight shot win in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
It was a remarkable performance from Westwood and underlines his position at the top of the rankings and shows just why a major will be a realistic target for him next season.
He has been extremely unfortunate in the major competitions, taking a few runners-up spots and a couple of thirds with that win eluding him to date.
But having knocked Tiger Woods off his perch and continued to display such fine form since becoming the world number one, it is only a matter of time before Westwood wins one of the majors.
The Masters in April 2011 at Augusta National will be his first opportunity and I will definitely be backing him to take the win. The aspect of Westwood’s game that impresses me most is his consistency. In South Africa this weekend, he finished on 17-under with a four under par 68 to close. His nearest challenger was Tim Clark but he was way back on nine under.
Westwood shot rounds of 68, 64, 71, 68 and showed the world that his short game, that has been questioned at times, is now heading towards impeccable along with the rest of his game.
The Nottingham Forest fan knew that if he failed to finish in the top two in the competition he could lose the world number one spot to Woods, if the American won the Chevron World Challenge in California. This didn’t happen.
More importantly though, Westwood didn’t allow Woods a look in. He played superbly throughout and the result was never in doubt. He underlined why he’s the world’s best and saw off the challenge of those around him.
One thing you can be sure of, next year the likes of Westwood, Woods, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy will be doing their very bests to get to the top of the world rankings and win the major titles.
2011 promises to be a magnificent year.

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