Former world number one Lee Westwood has had a fantastic career in golf.
Not only has he won 25 European Tour events, but he has also been inside the top-10 of the Major Championships on 19 occasions.
At the age of 47, Westwood is now in the twilight stages of his career. His form in 2021 is up there with the very best players on the PGA Tour. His most notable performance came in the Players Championship where he finished second behind Justin Thomas.
A week prior to his result at Sawgrass, Westwood was also second in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. On that occasion, it was Bryson De Chambeau who he was involved in a fantastic tussle with on the back nine on the Sunday.
Westwood has always been renowned for being a clean striker of the ball. He is an excellent iron player whose tee-to-green game has been up there with the leading players of the last three decades. If there is one area that has let him down at times, it is his putting. His numbers this season are better than average, which is why he is consistently at the top end of leaderboards.
The Englishman will be hoping he can win his maiden Major Championship in 2021. He is generally considered as one of the best players not to lift one of the four big trophies. It would be extra special for the man from Worksop if that was in the Open Championship where he is 28/1 in the golf betting for the tournament at Royal St George’s Golf Club.
Order of Merit Success
Westwood made history last December by becoming the oldest player to lift the European Tour’s Race To Dubai crown. It was the third time in his career that he had won the Order of Merit in Europe.
The Englishman was second in the DP World Tour Championship behind Matt Fitzpatrick, but it was enough prize money to secure the end of season merit ahead of the likes of Patrick Reed and Collin Morikawa.
Although it was his consistency across the season that helped Westwood lift the Order of Merit trophy, he was successful in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. That success helped him to climb up to the top end of the prize money charts very early into the campaign.
Ryder Cup This Year At Whistling Straits
Given how well he is playing, Westwood will be hoping he returns to the European team for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits later this year. He has not appeared in the playing team since Europe lost to the USA in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Westwood is very experienced in Ryder Cup golf. He has featured in 10 different Ryder Cup matches stretching all the way back to 1997. With 23 points, he is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the bi-annual team competition.
It is set to be an exciting year ahead for Westwood. He has started 2021 very strongly and with so many big tournaments to come over the next six months, he could be set for one of the best seasons of his career.