Date: November 02, 2010

Westwood climbs to World Number 1

For the first time in more than five years, men&aposs professional golf has a new World Number One. England&aposs Lee Westwood climbed to the summit of the World Rankings on Monday, capping a story that for many began in the late &apos90s when Westwood was routinely in the top 10 players in the world. In 1997, Westwood defeated Greg Norman in a sudden death play-off at the Australian Open at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne. At the time, the win took Westwood&aposs earnings to $1.2 million in five weeks with wins at the Volvo Open on the European Tour, the Taiheyo Masters in Japan and then the Open. In winning at Metropolitan, Westwood became, and remains, the only European player to have won the Australian Open and the victory ensures his place in the special category of players to have won on every continent. Westwood is currently in Shanghai for this week&aposs WGC-HSBC Champions tournament.