Lee Westwood is the golfer who clenched the world No.1 ranking in 2010 to end Tiger Wood’s reign. He was the first British golfer to secure the top rank since the time of Nick Faldo in 1994.
Westwood ended 2011 on a winning note, bagging the Thailand Championship. The seven shot victory at Thailand ensured that Westwood ended the year with a No. 2 ranking ahead of McIlroy. He had won a large number of tournaments but had not won a single major, until Thailand happened.
At the Thailand Championship, Lee Westwood started off with Thongchai Jaidee and Ryo Ishikawa and was off to a great start. He made five birdies in the opening round and then an eagle on the outward nine and five birdies on the way to home. He earned the top spot with his 12-under 60 with five strokes ahead of John Daly, who was the closest rival.
Westwood believed that the difficulty of the course at the Thailand Championship and his ability to triumph in it made the win special for him. He had never had an 11-shot lead before and it was difficult to come back, refocus and reset the goals. There was a lot of pressure but he finally won against it all.
2011 was a great year for Lee with the World No. 1 rank at the beginning of the year for thirteen weeks, till May, he finished 5th in Dubai and after the Thailand Championship ends the year with a World No. 2 rank. Lee Westwood has gathered a lot of confidence in the last year and he believes that he will carry forward with the same attitude and confidence, keeping himself fit and active. He plans to get back to golf in 2012 with the Abu Dhabi meet and then the European Tour.