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Woosnam wins match play tourney

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Ian Woosnam completed one of the most impressive weeks of golf in his long career Sunday by defeating Padraig Harrington, 2 & 1, to become the oldest champion i

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Torrance wins in match-play tourney

VIRGINA WATER, England, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Sam Torrance and Seve Ballesteros, the two oldest players in the tournament, put on a tremendous show Thursday before Torrance pulled away to record a 3 & 2 vic
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Lee Westwood
European teammates Lee Westwood, left, from England, and Soren Hansen, from Denmark, read a putt on the 12th green in four-ball match play against team USA during the second round of the Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on September 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)

Lee John Westwood OBE (born 24 April 1973) is an English professional golfer. Noted for his consistency, Westwood is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on every major continent, including victories on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He was named player of the year for the 1998, 2000, and 2009 seasons. He has won the 2000 European Tour Order of Merit, and the renamed 2009 Race to Dubai. He has represented Europe for the last seven consecutive Ryder Cups. In late 2010 Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position. He held the number one position for a total of 22 weeks.

Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Westwood began to play golf aged 13 with a half set bought by grandparents. His father John, a mathematics teacher, took up the game at the same time to encourage his son. A talented sportsman at school, Lee played rugby, cricket and football.

Westwood had a later start at the game than many future tournament professionals, but less than two years later he was the junior champion of Nottinghamshire. In 1990 he won his first amateur tournament, the Peter McEvoy Trophy. In 1993 he won the British Youth Championship and turned professional.

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