Westwood back to golf’s No. 1 ranking

The No. 1 spot was reclaimed by Lee Westwood in the men’s world golf rankings as he won the Asian Tour’s Indonesian master Sunday in Jakarta.

Three strokes won for Westwood his 34th professional title, a victory that moved him way ahead of Martin Kaymer to bring him to the world ranking’s top spot. Westwood held the No. 1 spot from November last year to February 28 after he knocked Tiger Woods from the position but Kaymer took over.

“Being top of the official world golf ranking makes me feel very proud,” Westwood said, ahead of this week’s Ballantine’s Championship near Seoul.

“I’m delighted to be coming to the Ballantine’s Championship as World No.1. I’m very much looking forward to the tournament and hopefully I’ll give the galleries plenty to cheer about in the coming days.”

Westwood has to wait for South Carolina’s “The Heritage” outcome despite last Sunday’s victory to see if he got the top position back. Luke Donald would have been at the top spot had he won the event.  However a playoff with Donald was forced with the six-stroke deficit of Brandt Snedeker, who won the tournament.

With a rankings points average of 7.653, Westwood is only .129 points ahead of Kaymer who came second at 7.524. Donald is at the top 3 spot with 7.375 points.

The rest of the Top 10 in the rankings has remained unchanged, with the no. 4 spot held by Phil Mickelson followed by Graeme McDoweek. At No. 6 is Tiger Woods followed by Rory Mcllroy, Paul Casey, and Matt Kuchar.