Lee Westwood has actually been called the champion of the Seve Ballesteros Award as the 2020 European Tour Players’ Player of the Year adhering to an impressive period which finished in the 48-year-old covering the Race to Dubai Rankings offered by Rolex as well as being crowned European Tour Number One for the 3rd time in his fabled occupation.
The statement accompanies the 10 years wedding anniversary of the death of the Spanish tale Ballesteros, that passed away on May 7, 2011 adhering to a fight with cancer cells. Westwood’s initial of 10 Ryder Cup looks can be found in 1997 under Ballesteros, that captained Europe to a well-known win at Valderrama.
The Englishman had actually lengthy earlier protected his standing together with the late Ballesteros as one of the European Tour’s best ever before gamers, yet a remarkable 2020 project has actually made him an additional award after his other European Tour Members elected him the Players’ Player of the Year.
It was a period bookended by 2 of his most remarkable efficiencies. In his opening night of the period, Westwood declared his 2nd Rolex Series title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, conquering his other Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick as well as Tommy Fleetwood in addition to France’s Victor Perez.
He topped off his period on a high also, his runner-up surface behind Fitzpatrick at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai gaining him the title of 2020 Race to Dubai Champion.
In an interrupted project because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Westwood’s uniformity was something to witness – in 15 looks he missed out on simply one cut as well as created 8 leading 20 coatings. On top of that, Westwood remained to repay to the video game as well as to the European Tour via organizing the 2020 Betfred British Masters at Close House, which noted the initial of 6 occasions in the UK Swing as well as was won by Italian Renato Paratore.
“It means a lot that it is voted for by my fellow players, the guys I play with week-in week-out,” stated Westwood. “Awards such as this are constantly really unique due to the fact that I seem like they as gamers recognize what you need to go via.
“I played a great deal of great golf under stress when I required to in 2020. The win in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the year and after that to have an opportunity to play so well in the last occasion at the DP World in Dubai, I was truly delighted with those 2 events, yet I was additionally constant which was necessary to me. It was an extremely hard year with the pandemic for every person, as well as we were really lucky to play golf throughout this moment.
“Seve was a symbol of the video game, as well as still is. When I began playing golf, I was taking a look at the Europeans as well as Seve’s name went to the top of that listing as someone to desire. The initially events I ever before mosted likely to view were Ryder Cups in 1989 as well as 1993, as well as Seve’s name is associated with the Ryder Cup.
“I remember looking at these guys like Seve and Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam wanting to be like them. Then in 1997 I am in a Ryder Cup team captained by Seve Ballesteros, so it was a very short gap between looking and watching and learning from my heroes to actually being amongst them trying to win points in a Ryder Cup. That for me was really one of those pinch yourself moments, like is this really happening to me. Seve was a huge part of that and inspirational in the team room, and just a phenomenal and very calming presence.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer at the European Tour, stated: “I don’t assume it is any type of shock that Lee Westwood has actually won the Seve Ballesteros Award after such an incredible period. At 48 years old he is a symbol, a previous World Number One, our newest Race to Dubai champion as well as like Seve, Lee is a real champ. He has a steady will to be successful, as well as he has actually confirmed that over as well as over once again in his occupation.
“Lee is one of the few remaining European Tour players to have competed alongside Seve and to have had the honour to call him a friend. They are two players who will be long remembered in the pantheon of European Tour and Ryder Cup greats.”
Javier Ballesteros, Seve’s earliest boy, included: “I am personally very happy Lee Westwood is the winner of the Seve Ballesteros Award for his incredible season. Lee is playing some great golf, I think he is physically in great shape and when you enjoy not only golf but life away from the game, things go well for you, and that has shown in how he has played not only last year but over the past few years around the world.”
David Howell, European Tour Tournament Committee Chairman, stated: “It’s clearly not the very first time Lee has actually won the Race to Dubai, as well as in 2014 was naturally a weird year, yet it appears suitable that whenever something a little various comes Lee Westwood exists to advise us that points are typical.
“Whilst Seve was a worldwide player, a Major winner and one of the biggest stars in the game, you always felt that his heart was with the European Tour. I think that came out with his Ryder Cup heroics and you just knew Seve cared deeply about the growth of the European Tour, and similarly with Lee, while he has been at the top of the tree for many years you just know his heart is with us and he has always supported the European Tour where possible. He has been one of the biggest names for over two decades now and it is great to see someone so loyal to our Tour coming up trumps again last year.”