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Westwood claims first European Tour title in four years


Lee Westwood fought back the tears after he claimed his first European Tour title in four years at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The former world number one secured his first win since winning the Indonesian Masters in April 2015 by shooting an eight-under-par 64 in the final round in Sun City, South Africa.

An eagle and six birdies was enough for Westwood to overtake overnight leader Sergio Garcia who finished second.

“I’m a bit emotional, to be honest, you’re never sure whether you’re going to be able to do it again,” Westwood told Sky Sports.

“Until now my emotions felt really under control all day, which is what I’ve been working hard on. I was just trying to hit fairways, stick to my game plan and hit it in the right places.

“I’ve got a bit of a process I’m going through with my golf swing, I’m starting to see better shots; the seven iron into 17 is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit and it all just worked.”

After his victory, Westwood turned to celebrate with his girlfriend Helen Storey who had been carrying his bag for him this week

“It’s been brilliant. She’s caddied twice for me this year and we lost in a playoff in Denmark and we’ve won here. Might have to have a bit of a rethink, not least about who caddies for me, but our percentages!” he said after the win.

The win was Westwood’s 24th on the European Tour and his third at the Nedbank. Rory McIlroy finished a disappointing week one under par and 14 shots off the lead while Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry tied for 35th on one over par.


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