Thursday, September 10, 2009

Westwood a Winner in August

England’s Lee Westwood has been named The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for August after two outstanding performances on golf’s grandest stage. Westwood, who will receive a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne along with an engraved alms dish in recognition of his achievement, followed up an excellent ninth place finish at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational with another superb performance in a Major as he finished tied third alongside Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship behind Y E Yang and Tiger Woods. Those performances lifted the 36 year old to fourth place in The Race to Dubai and to ninth on the Official World Golf Ranking. Westwood said: “I nearly won the US Open last year and finished third in two Majors this year, so I feel I am getting closer all the time. I seem to be getting more opportunities to win Majors to it would be nice to have another couple of chances in 2010 and try to win one after coming so close this season.” The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month voting panel, which comprised members of the Association of Golf Writers in addition to commentators from radio and television, also gave great consideration to the achievements of Yang, England’s Simon Dyson, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Sweden’s Peter Hedblom. Hedblom lost out in a play-off to Dyson at the KLM Open just seven days before lifting the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, while Harrington continued his return to top form with a second place finish at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, and a tie for ninth at the US PGA Championship. But Westwood’s continued consistency at the very highest level was the deciding factor, with the Observer newspaper’s golf correspondent, Bill Elliott, commenting: “In an outstanding month for European Tour Members it may seem harsh ultimately to overlook Y E Yang’s US PGA Championship victory or Peter Hedblom’s stellar performances, but we felt that Lee Westwood’s consistency at the game’s sharpest edges deserved recognition.” Westwood joins McIlroy (January), Geoff Ogilvy (February), Søren Kjeldsen (March), Angel Cabrera (April), Shane Lowry (May), Nick Dougherty (June) and Martin Kaymer (July) as a winner of The 2009 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month Award.

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