Lee John Westwood OBE is an English professional golfer. He has won 25 events on the European Tour and has also won tournaments in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. In October 2010, Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position.
About Lee Westwood in brief
Lee John Westwood OBE is an English professional golfer. He has won 25 events on the European Tour and has also won tournaments in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. In October 2010, Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position. He held the number one position for a total of 22 weeks. Westwood has represented Europe in ten Ryder Cups. He was named player of the year for the 1998, 2000 and 2009 seasons, and won the 2000 European Tour Order of Merit, and the renamed 2009 Race to Dubai. He is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on five continents – Europe, North. America, Asia, Africa and Oceania – including victories on theEuropean Tour and the PGA Tour. His win on the Sunshine Tour’s Dimension Data Pro-am in 2000 made him the first golfer to win events on all 6 of the International Federation of PGA Tours. He took a significant break from the game following the birth of son Samuel Bevan in 2001, and together with a restructuring of his swing under David Leadbetter, led to him being out of contention in tournaments until his 2003 victory in Germany. In May 2011 he did not compete in the first three majors, although he was a distant runner-up at the 2010 PGA Championship and the S.S. Open Championship. He earned a career-best second place at 2010 Masters Tournament, leading by one shot going into the final day before being overtaken by eventual champion Phil Mickelson.
He also has played in the Gary Player Invitational charity event several times to assist raise money for children in need around the world. His most successful year to date has been 2000 when he won seven tournaments worldwide, ending Colin Montgomerie’s long run of European Tour dominance. He narrowly missed out on being the first European in 38 years to win the U. S. Open, finishing 3rd on level-par at the Masters. In 2009 he had two further 3rd-place finishes at major championships, in the Open and thePGA Championship. In 2011 he came a distant second-place finish to Louis Oosthuizen at the UGA Championship, although a distant fourth at the Open Championship the following week. He won the St. Jude Classic the week before the UPGRADES Classic at St. Jude St Jude Classic. In 2013, he won the World Championship, which also brought with it the inaugural Race to Dubai title. His last win was in October 2009, the Portugal Masters, which brought him back into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. In 2014, he ended his two-year wait for a tournament win by winning the Valle Romano Open de Andalucía and the Quinn Direct British Masters to bring his total European Tour wins to 18. In 2015 he won his 25th tournament worldwide, his third European Tour win in Germany, and his fourth European Tour victory in the World Championship.