Lee Westwood has had a great career. He is set to take this further when he makes his 500th appearance at the Omega European Masters event.
He has been number one at the world ranking twice, remaining on the spot for 22 weeks. He topped the char from October 2010 to February 2011 before reclaiming the spot for five weeks in the second spell that year.
Westwood has been close to winning the majors three times. He was the runner up to Phil Mickleson in 2010, Louis Oosthuizen that same year and Danny Willet in 2016. He has the second highest number of appearances at Majors without ever winning any of the big four golf events. He has played in 79 with only Jay Haas having played more – 87 times – without any victory.
Westwood has won 23 times on the European Tour. He places eighth in the all-time list of winners. He has not won any since 2014 though. He has stellar record at the Ryder Cup as well where he is only behind Sir Nick Faldo in appearances. Since his debut in 1997, he has featured in every tournament, ending up winner seven times.
The veteran remains revered amongst his peers despite slowing down in recent years. In the 1998 season, he won four times on the European Tour, adding one Japanese Golf Tour and one PGA Tour to make seven victories in one year – his highest tally till date. He has lifted the European Tour’s Harry Vardon Trophy for his season long order of merit performance in 2000 and 2009.
Westwood would make his 500th European Tour appearance in days as he continues his stellar career.