Westwood Wants Top Spot

The WGC Bridgestone Invitational, to be held in Akron, Ohio, is the perfect opportunity for Lee Westwood to take the top slot in the world rankings. As runner up in both the Masters and The Open Westwood needs another second place finish to secure the coveted number one position, but there can be no doubt at all the English star will be looking for a victory rather than another best of the rest.

With three players vying for the top spot – Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods being the other two contenders – the scene is set for a fantastic battle that should see some tremendous golf in Akron, and if Westwood should win he is guaranteed the number one unless Woods – the current number one – finishes second. If Westwood does come second again he needs Mickelson not to win, and Woods to finish tenth or lower.

Mickelson has had a couple of attempts at toppling Woods yet his chances of taking the top spot are as promising as those of Westwood, with a win being a guarantee of the top position and a top four finish, with Woods beyond 37th position, also putting him ahead.

Akron is, of course, prime Tiger Woods territory, a course where he reigns supreme, so it will take all of Westwood’s collective talent and a good deal of luck to find the form to overhaul his American rival. On the plus side, Woods has not been in great form this season so far and did not show well recently in the opening, giving his rivals hope that they may be in with a chance.

The last European to hold the world number one ranking was Nick Faldo, and that was as long ago as 1994, hence Westwood is looking to uphold the honour of Europe as he sets out to tackle the course this week.