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Late burst seals win for Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood won the British Masters by five strokes from fellow Briton Ian Poulter on Sunday to claim his second title this season.

An exhilarating closing seven-under 65 from former European number one Westwood for a 15-under par 273 total, earned the 34-year-old Englishman his 18th European Tour success.

Westwood began the final round at the Belfry, a former Ryder Cup venue, two strokes behind Briton Mark Foster but as the overnight leader stumbled, the 2000 European money-list winner took over.

Poulter stayed on Westwood's shoulder until the last three holes and then two huge putts -- from 30ft for birdie on 16 and a 35-footer to eagle the long 17th -- swept Westwood well clear of his fellow Briton, who was by then his only rival.

Foster stayed just about in contention until driving out of bounds at the 11th and from there it was an uphill struggle for Westwood's Worksop club mate and management stablemate, who limped home in third place, six shots adrift.

Westwood's overpowering finale showed the massive improvement in his putting form this year and revived memories of past Ryder Cups.

"It was a great finish and I hardly put a foot wrong," Westwood told reporters. "Obviously, the 16th and 17th killed off anybody else's chances.

"I holed one like that on 16 against Tiger (Woods) in the Ryder Cup. The eagle then put the icing on the cake."

Westwood ended a four-year drought when he won the Andalucia Open in May and his second 2007 success has established him as a European force again at the top of the Ryder Cup points table.

Winning at the scene of his European Ryder Cup triumphs over the U.S. made the $600,000 victory even sweeter, he said.

"It's a course I enjoy playing because of the Ryder Cup. The British Masters is a great title on the European Tour and it was one of those I was building up to. I haven't won in Britain for four years."

Westwood praised his caddie Alastair McLean, Colin Montgomerie's bagman for eight European orders of merit, who has joined him this year.

"Alastair's good for me, especially on Sundays, but it's hardly surprising. Look what he's done and who he's worked for," said Westwood.

Poulter, who also finished two strokes behind Foster on Saturday, made Westwood work hard for his win until subsiding with a 70 after bogeying the 18th.

Consolation for the former Ryder Cup player was a second prize of $400,000, an early wedding present from himself ahead of his marriage next Saturday.

Foster was looking to end a four-year wait for his second title but was soon playing catch-up.

He ensured third place on his own with a birdie on the 17th and a par at the infamous Belfry finishing hole.



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