Lee Westwood – Success or Glorious Failure?

Over the last two weeks we have seen Lee Westwood leading big events on the PGA tour after 54 holes to finish as runner-up but with the consolation of $2.7m in winnings.

Social media is now awash with comments about him being the nearly man, similar to Colin Montgomerie before him for failing to close out big tournaments and to win major events.

Let us take a look at the career of Lee Westwood to help you make up your own mind on this subject:

Turned Professional:1993

Age: 47





Home (USA):Florida

Career Earnings: $57m

Career Wins: 44 (over 4 decades and on 5 continents)

Current World Ranking: 19

Best World Ranking: 1 (for 22 weeks in 2010)

Best Finish in a Major:2nd (three times)

Ryder Cup Appearances:10

The only thing missing from this impressive list is a major win but is that how you value the success of the best professional players?

The list of one time major winners include names such as Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton,Danny Willetts,Trevor Immelman,Mike Reid,Ian Baker-Finch,Paul Lawrie,Shawn Micheel,Larry Mize,Tom Lehman,Wayne Grady and Mark Brooks to name a few.

Now to win any major championship Championship takes a lot of skill, dedication and at times luck but also the mental strength to see it to a conclusion.

However when you have nothing better to do with your time compare the careers of all the above players with that of Lee Westwood and there is just no comparison.

I am sure that in a few years the name of Lee Westwood will be dominating the over 50’s senior tour and will win a senior major.

It is unlikely that Lee Westwood will now win a regular tour major given his relatively advanced age and in an era where the average driving distance is in excess of 310 yards and all the talk is about ball and club head speed.

A regular tour major win would be the cherry on the cake BUT what a cake and wouldn’t some of you doubters out there like just a small slice of a cake like that?