Lee Westwood is a British professional golfer who was born on the 24th of April, 1973 at Workshop, England. He is married to Laurae Coltart (sister of Andrew Coltart - Scottish Ryder Cup player), and they have two children namely, Samuel Bevan and Poppy Grace. On November 24, 2007, Westwood was presented an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science at Nottingham Trent University.
Westwood is known to be one of the very few golfers who have won in every single continent. He began to play golf at the early age of 13 when his grandparents bought him a half set. His father, in order to encourage his son, joined in playing as well. By 1990, Westwood won his first non-pro tournament – the Peter McEvoy Trophy. In 1993, he won another tournament (the British Youth Championship) and then proceeded to turn professional.
From the year Westwood turned professional, he has won 18 European Tour events. Not only that, but he has also won events held in North America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. He has, since then, reached a career-high rank of No. 4.
There was a time when Westwood took a break in 2001 when his son was born. He also had his swing restructured under David Leadbetter. This led to him being out of contention in some tournaments. In 2003, he had a good comeback by winning in Germany – marked as his 25th victory worldwide.
By 2007, Westwood finally returned to the winners circle by winning the Quinn Direct British Masters and the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia. He successfully reentered Top 50 of the world rankings after the two great winnings.
Overall, in his years playing professional golf, Westwood has had 35 winnings. These include 21 European Tour wins, 2 PGA Tour win, and 4 Japan Golf Tour wins. One of his memorable victories was Westwood’s win at the 2010 Open Championship and the 2010 Masters Tournament. 2010 proved to be a successful year for Westwood as he took the place of World No. 1 on October 31, 2010, ousting Tiger Woods from his spot after several years.
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