Lee Westwood may not be a major winner but this should not have an effect on his top world ranking according to Colin Montgomerie, Westwood’s friend and his Europe captain during the successful Ryder Cup last year.
Westwood regained the top spot in the world from Martin Kaymer after he won the Indonesia Master last weekend. However, there are those who think he is unworthy of the position because he has not won any one of the “big four” in golf.
“It’s true Lee Westwood as number one has not won a major but we also have a world number one in ladies’ tennis (Caroline Wozniacki) who has not won a major,” Montgomerie was quoted as saying by Reuters at the launch of the Monty’s Monthly Medal charity initiative, a scheme put in place to raise funds for the construction of two cancer centres in Scotland.
“Major championships are one way or the other. I almost got to number one in the world without winning a major and if I had won the ‘97 Scottish Open at Loch Lomond I’d have been world number one also without winning a major.
“So it goes on performance and over two years Lee Westwood has more points than anyone else and he deserves his place. There’s no question about it.
“What that proves is consistency, and not just because you’ve won a big tournament as it is reflected in what you’ve done in all the others.
“So Lee Westwood is rightfully the best golfer in the world right now and to suggest otherwise is wrong.”
On the other hand, the world’s number is hopeful of a victory at the Ballantine Championship in South Korea despite a slow start.
“I’m still in contention,” Westwood said as quoted by the Press Association.
“I played very nicely and gave myself a lot of chances without really making any putts.”