Lee Westwood, also known as “Westy” is an English professional golfer. He currently plays in the PGA and European Tour. Other tours he has played on include the Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour, and the PGA Tour of Australia.
He is noted for being one of the few golfers who have won tournaments in the last four decades. He has also won tournaments on 5 continents.
In October 2010, he was ranked No.1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He would hold the position for 22 weeks. Westwood is also noted for having reached this spot without winning any major tournaments. His Number 1 placement also ended Tiger Woods’ streak.
Payer Profile, Early Career, and Personal Life
Born on April 24, 1973, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Westwood was named Lee John Westwood. He is often only billed as Lee Westwood and he is also known by his nickname, “Westy”. He stands 6 feet tall and his listed weight is 205 pounds.
He started playing golf in his teens after his grandparents bought him a half set of golf clubs. Within two years from getting this, he won the Nottinghamshire Junior Championship. He would go on to win several other junior events.
He used to be married to Laurae Collart, although they divorced in 2015. He is currently married to Helen Storey. Westwood has two children and he lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne, and Wear, England.
For his contribution to the sport of golf, Westwood has been awarded an OBE and was named as a Commander of the British Empire in 2012.
Westwood officially turned pro in 1993, but would not win his first professional tournament until 1996. This was at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters. Early in his professional career, he played in the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
In total, he won 9 events in the Asian Tour and 3 events in the Sunshine Tour. He also played in the PGA Tour of Australia where he won one event. He is most prolific in the European Tour where he has won 24 events. He also joined the PGA Tour and has won 2 events there.
Westwood was named Golfer of the Year at the European Tour, four times.
As of 2021, Westwood has not won any major events. He is one of two players who have been ranked No.1 without any major wins. The other one is Luke Donald.
Team Appearances and Career Earnings
Westwood has played for Europe some times, usually in the Ryder Cup which he participated in almost a dozen times. He also represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, twice.
As of the end of the 2020 season, Westwood’s earnings at the PGA and European Tours have amounted to more than $57 Million.