Lee Westwood was named the 2020 European Tour Golfer of the Year and won the prestigious Annual Award for the fourth time in his outstanding career.
The 47-year-old British started the season with a victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, the first Rolex series event of the year, and went to Dubai after finishing second to Matt Fitzpatrick at the DP World Tour Championship. I won the race and finished the season. , Dubai earlier this month.
Between these two outstanding performances, he showed incredible consistency, missing a cut in 15 European Tour appearances, from the ISPS Handa UK Championship in August to the Scottish Championship by AXA in October. Recorded the top 20 finishes 6 times in a row.
The 10 Ryder Cup players also hosted the second Betfred British Masters at the Close House in July. The tournament marked the full resumption of the European Tour’s 2020 season after a three-month break due to a coronavirus pandemic.
Westwood made history when he won the title of his 25th European Tour in Abu Dhabi and became the first active golfer to win over 40 years.
At the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the former world No. 1 player, who was once again a record in the Middle East, won 2 of the last 3 holes of the season with a birdie and took 2nd place solo, 6 It became the place. The Harry Vardon Trophy has been more than three times since the European Tour began in 1972.
He previously ranked number one in Europe in 2000 and 2009, and the period from the beginning to the recent Harry Vardon trophy surpasses the past record of 15 years held by Seve Ballesteros. I am. His longevity was further accentuated by the fact that he became the oldest winner of the race to Dubai at the age of 47, 7 months and 20 days.
Westwood has now added a fourth European Tour Golfer of the Year to its achievement list and was honored in 1998, 2000 and 2009. He was selected as a 2020 winner by a panel of golf media members.
Westwood said: “I think the competition for this year’s awards was very fierce and I am very honored to be selected as the European Tour Golfer of the Year.
“Thanks to the media for voting for me, and congratulations to everyone on the European tour who was able to set up a complete international schedule during these difficult times this year.
“I will never forget that I was very lucky to be able to do my favorite job, play in the most amazing places in the world and meet amazing people. I will win this award. That is very humble.
“We are looking forward to the 2021 season, the 28th season of our career, starting with defense at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.”
Keith Perry, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, said: “Lee was a great ambassador for golf and European tours not only throughout 2020, but throughout his career. His performance and professionalism are in line with his longevity and commitment to golf in Europe. It is proof of the person and the player he is in that Lee Seung-yuop calls just before the reopening and asks what he can do to help with the tour.
“Twenty years after he first won that praise, becoming the No. 1 player on the third European Tour was the storybook’s way to end this most difficult year. Therefore, Lee deserves a full European Tour Golfer of the Year Award. “
Panel member James Corrigan, a golf correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, said: But the fact that he lifted his first Harry Vardon trophy at the age of 47 makes his candidacy even more attractive 20 years after his first candidate. He is very loyal to the home circuit and, as Matt Fitzpatrick said in Dubai, “Lee is the definition of this tour.”
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