Lee Westwood moved back the years – and pretty much kept down the tears – with a splendid last round showcase to catch his 25th European Tour occasion with triumph at the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The 46-year-old entered the last day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club with a one-shot lead and, while he was quickly caught, he was rarely headed, checking an end 67 to find a workable pace standard and finish two shots in front of Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, and Victor Perez.
Fleetwood terminated the last cycle 63 on his 29th birthday celebration to lift his expectations of packing a third Abu Dhabi title, while Perez coordinated him for the last round of his European Tour profession. Fitzpatrick went intruder free in a series of 67, yet the day had a place with Westwood, who won his 25thtitle a little more than 23 years after his lady triumph at the 1996 Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
Westwood stated: “I’m happy, thrilled, and somewhat enthusiastic. Only incredible to continue playing admirably, and realize you’re still adequate, implies such a great amount to me. I’ve placed in a ton of difficult work with Phil Kenyon and I’ve been working with Ben Davis on its mental piece, however, I truly felt very quiet on the greens this week and rolled a ton of good putts. That was the way to winning, truly. You must putt well to win any competition, however particularly at these occasions in the desert in light of the fact that the greens are so impeccable, you realize that everyone is going to opening their putts.”
He included: “I was making an effort not to take a gander at leaderboards, yet I looked at a couple in transit around the back nine, and I could see that Victor shot nine-under and Tommy had shot nine-under and completed 17 under. I missed 16, yet I hit two great shots on 17, and it was a pleasant, strong birdie at the last. It’s difficult to trust I’ve won in four distinct decades. The 20s could be the ones for me!”
Westwood was 63rd on the planet rankings going into the occasion, yet triumph will move him inside the main 30, naturally qualifying him for every one of the majors and World Golf Championship occasions, and draw him a stage nearer to programmed capability for a potential eleventh Ryder Cup appearance.