Monday, May 17, 2010

Lee Westwood is World No 3 for first time

Lee Westwood received a welcome boost ahead of this week’s BMW PGA Championship by moving up to World Number Three for the first time in his career.
England’s Westwood has moved ahead of American Steve Stricker on the Official World Golf Ranking and now has ""only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson ahead of him.
The 37 year old climbed to fourth back in 2001, but then suffered a nightmare slump and fell outside the top 250.
After signalling a return to form with two wins in 2003 he had to wait another four years for his next success, but forced his way back to the top of the game last season to become European Number One for the second time after winning Dubai World Championship and the inaugural Race to Dubai.
Westwood has also come within a whisker of making his Major Championship breakthrough. He missed play-offs by a single shot at the 2008 US Open and last year's Open, finished third again in the US PGA Championship in August and at The Masters last month led after 36 and 54 holes, but was overtaken on the final day by Mickelson.
Meanwhile, Australian Adam Scott's victory in the Texas Open last night lifts him up from 43rd to 36th, while Swede Peter Hanson is up to 45th thanks to his win in the Iberdrola Cala Millor Mallorca.
If Hanson stays in the top 50 for another week he will earn an exemption for next month's US Open and avoid Monday's qualifier at Walton Heath. Last year he made it through that by holing-in-one in a play-off.



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