Lee Westwood alongside fellow English golfers Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald all of whom are Ryder cup teammates and will all be hoping to make this year’s team, have decided to help create an initiative to produce more European tour tournaments which can be help in England.
Currently Wentworth BMW PGA Championship is the only European tour tournament that has been sustained and continued on a yearly basis. They are hoping to return to the situation which occurred at the turn of the millennium where there were six regular tournaments played in England.
The golfers have called the decline in English based tournaments as ridiculous. Westwood who is the world number three has fronted the campaign highlighting that British and English golf is at an all time high with so many players dominating the ranking, both himself and Luke Donald hold the number three and one spots respectively, straddling Rory McIlroy who sits in second place.
Although economic hardship has played a role in the reduction of England based tournaments Westwood is hoping that English golfers are willing to put aside rivalries to help develop this and that by promising appearance to all English tournaments they are more likely to drum up support from sponsors.
Westwood already organises a junior golf championship, which is sponsored by PING. The Lee Westwood Junior golf Championship is in its fifth year and host eighty budding junior golfers who are hoping to emulate the success of Westwood who is chasing his first major victory at the US Open later this month.
Westwood has been on great form this year playing some great golf especially in Asia, but also in the run in to the US Open, where the world number three will no doubt be aiming to improve on his third place finish in last year’s tournament.