In his initial tournament as range a single golfer in the globe and having played only one tournament in a few months due to his calf injuries, Lee Westwood must be happy finishing 1 shot at the rear of Francesco Molinari to consider 2nd position at the HSBC Globe Golfing Championship in China. The battle for supremecy at the prime of golf’s rankings offered the backdrop for the tournament with Woods, PGA Champion Martin Kaymer and Masters champion Phil “Lefty” Mickelson all ready to get to No one. In truth If Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker had gone to China to perform they would also have had a shot at the No one spot.
Even though Lee in no way quite managed to catch Molinari who led through the tournament, he definitely consolidated his No1| place by actively playing the tournament in a smart regular way with fantastic tactical play and stored the stress on Molinari all via the tournament. Lee knew Molinari was on the prime of his gaming but he played like a champion and stored himself there, prepared to pounce if Molinari dropped back again.
Neither Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer or Phil Mickelson ended up able to make a operate at Westwood throughout the opposition. In fact, Lee Westwood has kept his place at the leading of the planet golfing rankings for the 3rd straight week even with not actively playing for a couple of weeks. Previous No.one Tiger Woods continues to be at second place right after finishing fourth at the Australian Masters. The only adjust in the top 10 was Graeme McDowell’s move to ninth from 10th and Adam Scott moved from 41st to 20th soon after winning the Singapore Open up.
There ended up a handful of sour grapes coming from Sir Nick Faldo, he has questioned no matter whether “any player with out a key title to his identify could actually be rated the greatest in the environment”. Westwood now has two large difficulties: The very first, to keep the No1 spot in the rankings, and Quantity two, his very first majors win.
How long can he remain at the top?
It has been consistency that received Lee Westwood to the world No1 place and it has to be consistency that keeps him at No1 for any length of time. There is a good deal is riding on Tiger Woods sort, but from wherever I’m sitting, I believe we are seeing a Tiger Woods that nobody has witnessed ahead of. The only problem I would consult is, “Does Tiger want to be a device once more?”. I think that Tiger is now being Tiger, he appears happier on the program (so far) considering that his return. When Tiger masters his new swing (third swing change???) we will see “who” we are dealing with, when we know who we are dealing with, we can commence to speak about how extended Lee Westwood or any other golfer can get to or keep at the amount one situation. Till then I am putting my money on Lee Westwood maintaining that placement for a whilst.