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Westwood breezes, assures No. 1 status

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Lee Westwood notched an easy, eight-stroke victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge Sunday, strengthening his hold as the world's No. 1 golfer.

Westwood fired a 4-under 68 at Sun City, South Africa, to finish at 17-under 271, far ahead of runner-up Tim Clark, who shot a 1-under 71 to end at minus-9.

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Westwood began the day up by five shots and proceeded to dominate again, two-putting for birdie at the par-5 ninth to establish and insurmountable seven-shot lead and then cruising home for the victory.

Sharing third place at 8-under 280 were Retief Goosen (68) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (71), while Ernie Els (73) and Ross Fisher (75) ended up knotted for fifth at 5-under 283.

The impressive South Africa victory provided a year-end highlight in a year full of them for Westwood, who bypassed Tiger Woods for the World No. 1 ranking. His performance assured him that no matter what Woods does at this weekend's Chevron World Challenge in California, he will finish the year with the top ranking.

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