Friday, 27 November 2009

Lee pips rory at the last in the Race to Dubai

What a way to finish out the Race to Dubai. I am of coursed biased towards our wee Rory, being from 'Norn Iron' myself but you can do nothing but tip your hat to the emphatic manner in which Lee Westwood claimed his second European crown last week. It was an amazing performance. I'm sure McIlroy would have thought third place would virtually guarantee him the coveted cash prize but the wily Westwood knew what he had to do from the start and set about it in unrelenting fashion.

It really does make you wonder what Westwood might have done had he kept the momentum going after his early successes. For someone to win so freely and seemingly easily at the start of their career to virtually drop off the radar of the golfing world for the best part of two years, I think most would have bet against a return to the lofty echelons of the game. Maybe it was the faith shown in him by Woosie to throw him a wild card for the Ryder cup, faith which he duly repaid in spades that got him back on the road to success. Whatever it was he has emerged a stronger steelier player. His game has always been built on solid driving but what was a very solid tee to green game has become a truly outstanding one. The confidence he now has with the big stick is second to none and with good reason. Which is the main reason that Westwoods claim he's ready to go on and bag majors is one I'd wholeheartedly agree with. He's been edging closer and closer these past few years and surely he'll get the luck to go on and take one soon. Though we said that about Monty didn't we...

It's no small statement to make but if Lee had a chipping game to match the rest of his play, he'd be a major winner by now. If he had a major for every time that's been pointed out...

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