Lee Westwood
2

Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
37
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
6
4
35
72
2
4
5
5
3
4
4
3
5
4
37
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
70
3
4
6
4
3
5
4
3
4
5
38
5
5
3
5
3
4
4
7
4
40
78
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
4
4
5
36
4
4
3
4
5
3
3
4
4
34
70
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
37
2
4
5
5
3
4
4
3
5
4
37
3
4
6
4
3
5
4
3
4
5
38
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
4
4
5
36
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
6
4
35
72
2
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
70
3
5
5
3
5
3
4
4
7
4
40
78
4
4
4
3
4
5
3
3
4
4
34
70
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
1
0
1
4
Birdies
3
4
0
3
10
26
Pars
13
12
11
14
50
1
Bogeys
1
2
5
1
9
19
Double Bogeys/+
1
0
1
0
2
9
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
26
29
30
29
29
15
Putts per GIR
1.9
2
1.8
1.85
1.89
3
Greens in regulation
55.56 %
66.67 %
55.56 %
72.22 %
62.5 %
15
Sand Saves
1/2
2/2
1/3
1/1
5/8

Born: 24 April 1973.

Turned pro: 1993.

Family: Wife - Laurae (1999). Children - Samuel Bevan, Poppy Grace.

Special interests: Films, snooker, cars, Nottingham Forest FC.

Career highlights: In November 2010 he became world number one for the first time in his career. He finished runner-up in both the Masters and Open in 2010. In the 2008 Ryder Cup he equalled Arnold Palmer's record when he went 12 matches unbeaten. In 2000 he won seven tournaments and finished top of the European Tour's Order of Merit.

2014 highlights: He won the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open and had a top finish in the Majors of seventh in the Masters. He was on the winning European Ryder Cup team.

2014 Majors: The Masters - 7th. The US Open - Missed Cut. The Open - Missed Cut. The PGA Championship - T15th.

NGC record: 10th appearance. 1998 - T4th, 1999 - 4th, 2000 - 2nd, 2001 - 5th, 2004 - T4th, 2008 - T5th, 2010 - 1st, 2011 - 1st, 2012 - 5th.

Story

England's Lee Westwood will be making his 10th appearance in this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge, and returns to Sun City as one of the great champions of this tournament.

In 2010, just a few weeks after claiming the world number one ranking from Tiger Woods, Westwood confirmed his status as one of the most dominant players of that year with his staggering eight-shot victory at the Gary Player Country Club.

And then he returned a year later to successfully defend his title with a two-stroke victory.

That saw Westwood become only the sixth player in the history of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to successfully defend his title, joining Seve Ballesteros (1983 and 1984), David Frost (1989 and 1990), Nick Price (1997 and 1998), Ernie Els (1999 and 2000), and Jim Furyk (2005 and 2006) as the only players to have defended their titles.

"I'm delighted. It's a great tournament to win. You just have to look at the names on the trophy to realise how special it is. It's not the winning margin that is important to me, but it's the coming back and defending the title that is so satisfying," said Westwood.

That year, Westwood laid the foundation for his shot at Nedbank Golf Challenge history with a third round of 62. And his knowledge of the demanding Gary Player Country Club course, gleaned from years of competing in South Africa from early in his career, shone through when he spoke of what that round meant to him.

"You're always delighted with a good round on this golf course - you know you've played well," Westwood said of his bogey-free round.

Westwood is no stranger to South African golf fans. In 2000, one of the seven victories he claimed worldwide that year and which carried him to number one on the European Tour Order of Merit was a win in the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City. He was also narrowly beaten in a playoff for the Nedbank Golf Challenge by Ernie Els at the end of that year.

By 2001 Westwood had soared as high as fourth on the world rankings. But a sudden loss of form saw him drop to 259th in the world in 2002.

But for a man who hails from the working-class town of Worksop, there was certainly no lack of character to be able to dig deep when it matters most and claw his way back to the pinnacle of the game.

Westwood rebuilt his swing and took to a rigid gym programme and diet that honed him physically.

And it seemed only right that he should celebrate his rise to the top of the golf world in October 2010 with a triumph against a world-class field in South Africa.

This year Westwood hasn't reached the kind of standard he would like, but he did claim a win on the European Tour in the Maybank Malaysian Open a well as play another key role in terms of his experience for the European Ryder Cup team.

Westwood is still searching for his first Major victory, despite an impressively consistent record at this level of the game.

From 2009 through to 2013, Westwood finished in the top 10 in two of the four Majors every single year.

His best year in the Majors was in 2010, when he finished second in the Masters and the Open Championship.

But this year he's struggled in the Majors, with only a seventh-place finish in the Masters as a highlight.