Twenty-three years, months and days after his aboriginal European bout victory, Lee Westwood has reached profession wins on the european circuit.
The – months-ancient Englishman captured the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday, winning in his fourth diverse decade. he is now two wins at the back of seventh-area Ernie Els and shy of all-time European tour wins chief Seve Ballesteros.
“I cannot consider i m that historical,” talked about Westwood, whose aboriginal choose came on the Volvo Scandinavian Masters. “it s getting harder. or not it s simply exceptional to come out and hold proving that you ve still acquired it.”
Westwood entered Sunday’s last round at Abu Dhabi Golf club with a one-shot advance over Bernd Wiesberger and Francesco Laporta, who each combined to shoot over and were never a factor.
as an alternative, Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied three of his aboriginal holes to drag even with Westwood aloft the leaderboard. Fitzpatrick would shoot -under sixty seven while backstab Abu Dhabi champ Tommy Fleetwood, who celebrated his th altogether Sunday, and champ Perez every carded to end up tied for nd with Fitzpatrick at beneath.
That complete could be two photographs shy of Westwood, who birdied two of his aboriginal three holes to grab the lead from Fitzpatrick and entire with a sixty seven of his personal to publish beneath. now not improper for a man who admittedly spent a whole lot of the past two months traveling rather than practising.
i m not going to lie, I failed to play lots of golf coming into it, Westwood pointed out Saturday. didn t comprehend what to predict.
full-container rankings from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champions
both-shot triumph marks the d Rolex series victory for Westwood, who additionally won the Nedbank Golf challenge in November . It additionally strikes him lower back internal the good in the legitimate world Golf rating. Westwood, who entered the week at No. sixty three, is now with ease inner the all-critical quantity, at a projected No. .
Westwood changed into already qualified for of the four majors, together with the Masters, but might be bound in for the U.S. initiate and the entire WGCs, as neatly.
There’s additionally the possibility that Westwood might accomplish an extra European Ryder Cup crew. Westwood has played in Ryder Cups however didn’t get the call two years ago in Paris. That changed into the first Ryder Cup he had neglected due to the fact that authoritative his admission in .
“i m not certain i can steal any longer Ryder Cups,” Westwood pointed out. “I ve played and it turned into respectable watching the boys ultimate time. but if there may be a chance of that I might as well go for it.”