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Profile: Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood
  • Birthplace: Worksop, England
  • Residence: Worksop, England
  • Birthdate: April 24, 1973
  • Age: 31
  • Turned Professional: 1993

Ryder Cup Record

1997, 1999 and 2002
Played 15
Won 7
Lost 8
Halved 0

Career Victories

European Tour

16 - 1996 Volvo Scandinavian Masters, 1997 Volvo Masters, 1998 Deutsche Bank SAP Open - TPC of Europe, National Car Rental English Open, Standard Life Loch Lomond, Belgacom Open, 1999 TNT Dutch Open, Smurfit European Open, Canon European Masters, 2000 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe, Compaq European Grand Prix, Smurfit European Open, Volvo Scandinavian Masters, Belgacom Open, 2003 BMW International Open, dunhill links championship.

PGA Tour

1 - 1998 Freeport McDermott Classic


1996 Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters, 1997 Malaysian Open, Holden Australian Open, Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters, 1998 Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters, Dunlop Phoenix, 1999 Macau Open, 2000 Cisco World Match Play Championship, Dimension Data Pro-Am, 2003 Nelson Mandela Invitational

Player Notes

With the experience of three Ryder Cups behind him, Lee Westwood is now one of the European Team's most experienced and dangerous players.

Having made his debut by partnering Nick Faldo to two valuable points at Valderrama in 1997, Westwood was paired with his old friend Darren Clarke at Brookline Country Club in 1999. The pair formed a fine partnership, taking two out of four points together, including a famous victory over David Duval and Tiger Woods by one hole in the Friday Fourballs.

At the De Vere Belfry two years ago, Westwood found a new partner in Sergio Garcia and immediately struck up a wonderful understanding with the young Spaniard. In their first Ryder Cup Match together, Westwood and Garcia defeated David Duval and Davis Love III 4 and 3, before putting Mark Calcavecchia and Tiger Woods to the sword with a 2 and 1 win in the afternoon Foursomes.

They picked up where they left off from on Saturday morning. This time, it was Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk who stood between Westwood and Garcia and another valuable point for Captain Sam Torrance's Team.

Cink and Furyk were no match for the inspired European pair, who secured another 2 and 1 victory to take their points tally to three out of a possible three. The fact that Westwood and Garcia lost their Saturday Fourball by one hole to Tiger Woods and Davis Love III showed that they are human.

And, while Westwood missed out on another point in the Singles against Scott Verplank at the De Vere Belfry, himself and Garcia had made themselves indispensable Members of that victorious European Team who will both surely play a large part in the European effort at Oakland Hills Country Club.


Ended three years out of the limelight with an emotional victory in the BMW International Open at Golfclub M´┐Żnchen Nord-Eichenried, Munich, Germany, where a superb back nine of 30 in the final round saw him home by three shots from local favourite Alex Cejka. Proved his comeback was complete a month later when he beat Ernie Els by a shot to win the dunhill links championship at St Andrews, helped by a magnificent albatross two on his final hole at Kingsbarns in round three. Gave some indication of a return to form when he won three points out of five to help Europe regain The Ryder Cup at The De Vere Belfry in 2002. Had ruled Europe in 2000 when six victories in the year saw him equal the record set by Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie and eventually end Montgomerie's seven year tenure at the top of the Volvo Order of Merit. In the process he also posted a new money record of €3,125,147 (£1,858,602). Started the 2000 season in style with victory in the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa which meant he had won a tournament on every continent - Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and America. Married Laurae Coltart, sister of another Ryder Cup player, Andrew, in January 1999 and became a father to Samuel Bevan at the start of 2001. Took a significant break from the game following the birth and that, together with a restructuring of his swing under the watchful eye of David Leadbetter, led to him being out of contention in tournaments until his wonderful victory in Germany, his 25th worldwide in a superb career. Took up game aged 13 with a half set bought by grandparents. Maths teacher father, John, took up game at same time to give his son encouragement. Talented sportsman at school, played rugby, cricket and soccer. Supports Nottingham Forest FC.

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