Lee Westwood is proving that the the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is indeed 42.
The Worksop golfer made it a hat-trick of Indonesian Masters titles last weekend, as he celebrated his 42nd birthday.
And it was the 42nd professional title of his career.
But it didn’t come easy.
Westwood let slip a five shot lead in Sunday’s final round in Jakarta, before showing composure to birdie the first play-off hole and beat Chapchai Nirat to the title.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters began well for the Worksop Golf Club export, as he shot a three-under round of 69 to sit three shots off the lead going into Friday.
On the day he turned 42, Westwood went two over with three birdies and five bogeys – although only seven players in the field were even or better due to difficult, windy conditions.
It was Saturday that made the weekend for the Florida resident, thanks to an impressive eagle putt at 12 and a string of birdies in a sparkling seven-under round of 65.
Sunday brought adversity, before it brought success.
Westwood dropped shots at the fourth and seventh, and then picked up three birdies to steady the ship.
But bogeys at 16 and 17 gave him a 73, leaving him level with clubhouse leader Nirat and necessitating a play-off.
After lifting the trophy, for the third time in five years, Westwood acknowledged Sunday’s difficulties.
“Winning never gets any easier and it was a tough day out there,” he said.
“I didn’t have the best of starts but battled back and made a couple of birdies around the turn to get more comfortable before three terrible putts on the last three greens.”
But he was delighted to make it a treble on a course he loves playing, and add to his international success.
“I’ve been very fortunate.”
“As soon as I turned up five years ago I liked the course and thought it might suit my game.”
“It’s nice to have come here three times and won three times, it’s a good hat-trick.”
“I’ve always wanted to be a golfer that plays all over the world and I started winning on different continents very early in my career.”
“It’s something I’m immensely proud of and 19 different countries is incredible.”
Westwood now turns his attention to this weekend’s WGC Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where he takes on Matt Every in the first round on Thursday.