Lee Westwood’s on-course success, tireless work in the interest of the European Tour and status as all-round good egg has been officially recognised by the European Tour, who’ve decided to grant him lifetime membership. The announcement comes in the midst of mounting anticipation of tomorrow’s first-round pairing of the World Number One with Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods.
Stressing the significance with which the European Tour has invested Westwood’s tenure at the summit of the world rankings, Chief Executive George O’Grady sang the Englishman’s praises:
“He is a devoted family man, but also devoted to the tour on which he cut his teeth in professional golf… He has shown unswerving loyalty to the European Tour for the best part of 20 years and is fully deserving of being recognised with honorary life membership.”
Twenty tournament wins, two Order of Merits, third on the all-time money list (behind Monty and Ernie Els), nineteen Ryder Cup points; a solid case for lifetime membership does that most certainly make.