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Lee Westwood named "Golfer of the Year"

Lee Westwood has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the second time in three years.

The 27-year-old from Worksop won seven tournaments around the world this year, to match his record from 1998.

Westwood won first place in the European Order of Merit in 2000, taking it over fromColin Montgomerie, who had been number one for the past seven seasons.

Westwood said: "It is a fantastic honour to be voted Player of the Year and caps a wonderful season for me and all those who have helped make it such a success.

"I always played down the importance of winning the Volvo Order of Merit for the simple reason that I put myself under enough pressure already without adding to it.

"What makes winning the money list all the more satisfying is to have ended Monty's marvellous reign.

"I know how difficult it was to win this one, so it just shows what an outstanding achievement it was for him to have won seven in succession.

"It is a record I am convinced will not be broken and all credit to him.

"It has been a season of many highs and the occasional low - during the Benson and Hedges at The Belfry (in May) I honestly had no idea where the next win was coming from, but thankfully I was able to turn it round quickly."

"What has been just as satisfying as the six wins in Europe have been my performances in some tournaments when a poor start has severely limited my chances of triumph."


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