Westwood commenced the 27th yr of his professional career by winning the Abu Dhabi Championship to turn into the to start with lively golfer to win a title throughout 4 independent a long time.
He finished 2020 by becoming topped the tour’s No. 1 participant for the third time – and 20 years soon after he initial won what was formerly identified as the Get of Merit title.
Lee Westwood, Golfer of the Calendar year 🥇
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“I am very honored and particularly flattered to have been named European Tour’s golfer of the yr as I know the competitiveness for the award this calendar year would have been particularly large,” stated Westwood, who also received the accolade in 1998, 2000 and 2009.
Westwood praised the European Tour for putting on a complete timetable this calendar year in hard situations during the coronavirus pandemic. An elder statesman of the tour, the previous prime-ranked player played his portion by internet hosting the British Masters in July – a event that marked the full resumption of the tour’s 2020 time following a a few-thirty day period stoppage.
“His performances and his professionalism are matched by his longevity and his motivation to European golfing,” the tour’s CEO, Keith Pelley, mentioned about Westwood. For Lee to simply call soon in advance of our resumption and ask what he could do to assistance the tour is testament to the individual and the participant he is.
“To then go on to become the European Tour’s No. 1 participant for a 3rd time, 20 many years just after he initially attained that accolade, was a storybook way to close this most demanding of a long time.”
Westwood recorded six straight major-20 finishes from the United kingdom Championship in August to the Scottish Championship in October.
A panel comprising members of the golf media voted on the golfer of the year award.