lee westwood

profile

Country: England
DoB: 24 Apr 1973
Height: 6ft 0ins (1.83 metres)
Interests: Films, snooker, cars, horse racing, football - Nottingham Forest supporter
Family: Partner - Helen Storey. Children - Samuel and Poppy

About Lee

Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Lee began to play golf aged 13 with a half set bought by his grandparents. A talented sportsman at school, Lee also played rugby, cricket and football.

In 1990 Lee won his first amateur event and was crowned the Nottinghamshire Junior County Champion in 1992. After winning the British Youth championship in 1993, Lee turned professional and played his debut season on the European Tour in 1994, finishing 43rd on the Order of Merit.

In 1996, Lee won his first professional tournament, the Volvo Scandinavian Masters, which was closely followed by the Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters in Japan. His success continued in 1997, defending his Japanese title and winning the Malaysian Open, the Volvo Masters in Spain, and the Holden Australian Open, eventually beating Greg Norman in a playoff.

In 2000 Lee won an impressive seven tournaments worldwide and claimed the European Tour Order of Merit, ending Colin Montgomerie’s seven year run of European Tour dominance.

Between 2001 and 2009 Lee racked up a further six victories and had two children, Samuel (2001) and Poppy (2004). Lee ended the 2009 season winning the inaugural Dubai World Championship shooting 8 under par in the final round to take the title by six shots. With this win Lee claimed his second European Tour Order of Merit title and was crowned the first official ‘Race to Dubai’ winner.   

In 2010 Lee reached the summit of golf when on October 31st he ended Tiger Woods’ five-year reign at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, a position Lee would go on to hold for a total of 22 weeks.

Lee has enjoyed a glittering career, winning a total of 42 titles around the world, including 23 victories on the European Tour. Lee is one of only a handful of golfers to have won tournaments on five continents (Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia).

Lee has finished runner-up three times in Major Championships and has made ten appearances in The Ryder Cup for Europe, winning on seven occasions, including the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012, which was widely regarded as one of the best sporting comebacks of all time and the greatest in Ryder Cup history. He was unbeaten in the 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cups and equalled Arnold Palmer’s record at Valhalla in 2008, when he made it 12 straight matches without defeat.

In 2012 Lee received an OBE for his service to the sport.

"I have said before that the Ryder Cup is not the European Tour versus the American Tour. It's Europe's best golfers against the US."

- Lee Westwood

wins on
TOUR

PGA Tour 2

European Tour 23

Japan Golf Tour 4

ASIAN TOUR 9

SUNSHINE TOUR 3

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA 1

42 TOTAL PROFESSIONAL WINS

2000, 2009 European Tour Order of Merit winner
1998, 2000, 2009 European Tour Golfer of the Year
2015

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

2014

Thailand Golf Championship

2014

Maybank Malaysian Open

2012

Nordea Masters

2012

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

2011

Thailand Golf Championship

2011

Nedbank Golf Challenge

2011

Ballantine’s Championship

2011

Indonesian Masters

2010

Nedbank Golf Challenge

2010

St Jude Classic

2009

Dubai World Championship

2009

Portugal Masters

2007

Quinn Direct British Masters

2007

Valle Romano Open de Andalucia

2003

Nelson Mandela Invitational

2003

Dunhill Links Championship

2003

BMW International Open

2000

Cisco World Match Play Championship

2000

Belgacom Open

2000

Volvo Scandinavian Masters

2000

Smurfit European Open

2000

Compaq European Grand Prix

2000

Deutsche Bank-SAP Open – TPC of Europe

2000

Dimension Data Pro-Am

1999

Canon European Masters

1999

Smurfit European Open

1999

TNT Dutch Open

1999

Macau Open

1998

Dunlop Phoenix Tournament

1998

Sumitomo VISA Taihiyo Masters

1998

Belgacom Open

1998

The Standard Life Loch Lomond

1998

National Car Rental English Open

1998

Deutsche Bank-SAP Open – TPC of Europe

1998

Freeport-McDermott Classic

1997

Holden Australian Open

1997

Sumitomo VISA Taihiyo Masters

1997

Volvo Masters Andalucia

1997

Malaysian Open

1996

Sumitomo VISA Taihiyo Masters

1996

Volvo Scandinavian Masters

Druh Belts and Buckles Ping Titleist

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