Lee is one of the world’s greatest golfers. He ended Tiger Woods’ 623 week reign as World Number One – a title held by Woods for longer than any other player since the rankings started in 1986. Since that time only 13 players have been crowned World Number One. Noted for his consistency, Westwood is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on every major continent, including victories on the European Tour and the PGA Tour.
He was also named player of the year for the 1998, 2000 and 2009 seasons. He has won the 2000 European Tour Order of Merit, and the renamed 2009 Race to Dubai. He has represented Europe for the last seven Ryder Cups.
Lee Westwood had a later start at the game than many future tournament professionals, but less than two years later he was the junior champion of Nottinghamshire. In 1990 he won his first amateur tournament, the Peter McEvoy Trophy. In 1993 he won the British Youth Championship and turned professional.
In 1996 he won his first professional tournament, the Volvo Scandinavian Masters, closely followed by the Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters in Japan. His success continued in 1997 defending his Japanese title and winning the Malaysian Open, the Volvo Masters in Spain, and the Holden Australian Open, beating Greg Norman in a playoff. He also partnered with Nick Faldo in the Ryder Cup that year.
He first reached the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings in July 1998 and spent a total of 160 weeks in the top 10 between then and August 2001.
Westwood has won 22 events on the European Tour and has also won tournaments in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. His most successful year to date has been 2000 when he won seven tournaments worldwide and was ranked first on the European Order of Merit, ending Colin Montgomerie’s long run of European Tour dominance.
In 2007, Westwood was presented with an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Nottingham Trent University. The University named its sports hall after the golfer in October 2010. He announced the creation of the Lee Westwood Academy on 5 February 2009, a set of three day academies across nine venues in England.
In late 2010 Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position. He held the number one position for a total of 22 weeks.
On 28 August 2010, Westwood officially opened his first, and one of the UK’s few, golf schools. The school operates around a permanent two year schooling timetable, which encorporates practical golf and sport studies. Westwood’s father always encouraged him to strive academically, and this ethos has been the background of the school. The school is also sponsored by Ping and Solarsport, along with UPS delivery services and Dunlop.
Lee is represented by International Sports Management.
Westwood was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
With a number of successful endorsement campaigns already behind him, Lee is a sophisticated and experienced brand ambassador.