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Standard Life Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond
Glasgow, Scotland
8th - 11th July 1998

Par 71 Prize Money 850,000

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Westwood wins by four-shots at Loch Lomond

Reuters

Loch Lomond, 11th July 1998 - Lee Westwood pulled off a third victory in his last four European Tour events on Saturday when he won the Standard Life Loch Lomond World Invitational by four strokes.

Westwood took his winnings for the three victories to 433,000 pounds as he returned to the top of the European money list by picking up the 141,660 first prize in Scotland.

A closing one-under-par 70 for a total of eight-under-par 276, left him four better than a group of five which included his co-overnight leader and playing-partner Dennis Edlund of Sweden.

His fourth success of the year, three in Europe and the Freeport McDermott Classic in America the week before the Masters, installed the 25-year-old Englishman as one of the favourites for next week's Open Championship title at Royal Birkdale.

If he does win his first major he will pick up a million dollar bonus.

The Loch Lomond sponsors are offering $1million for the player who has won their event and goes on to clinch the third major.

Westwood came up with the first part of the double when Edlund's late mistakes relegated the Swede to a share of second place with a closing 74.

With Edlund on 280 was Ian Woosnam of Wales, who led the first round and closed with the best final round, a 66, Australian Robert Allenby (68), Argentina's Eduardo Romero (68) and David Howell of England (71).

Victory put Westwood more than 100,000  above Scotland's Colin Montgomerie at the top of the European money rankings.

Montgomerie had to settle for a share of seventh place on 281 with a 70, and the defending champion Tom Lehman of America also took a back seat to Westwood, finishing on 282 with a 72.

After starting with a three-shot advantage over the field with Edlund, Westwood looked to be running away with things, picking up two shots going out as the Swede could only manage level-par, largely by double-bogeying the seventh.

However, then Westwood faltered with back-to-back bogeys after the turn to bring Edlund back into the picture, the rest of the field failing to gain much ground.

But when amateur magician Edlund triple-bogeyed the 15th as his ball did the vanishing trick into woods, Westwood was able to stroll to victory.

"There's no reason why I can't go on to win again next week," said Westwood. "I'm certainly playing well enough.

"I realise there is a one million dollar bonus but if I win my Open and lift up the old Claret Jug, that will mean far more than money."

Montgomerie is in danger of losing his European crown this year to Westwood after the Scot's five consecutive number one spots, and the 35-year-old recognised that Westwood is now the man to beat.

"Lee's playing fantastic and he's the guy to beat in most tournaments. He and I are the guys to beat. It's great to have competition. It makes the world go round," he said.

Edlund agonisingly missed out on one of the top five spots from a mini order of merit -- stretched over seven events -- which would have handed him one of the five remaining qualifying places for The Open.

A birdie on the last would have got him in but instead, veteran Australian Peter Senior took the last qualifying slot.

The top four places all went to Britons, David Carter, Sam Torrance, David Howell, who achieved his by finishing tied second, and Peter Baker.

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