Westwood honoured ahead of Dubai battle

LEE Westwood has been given a prestigious honour by the European Tour, ahead of a big weekend.

The former Valley pupil was granted life after 17 years on the tour, and the world number golfer was delighted.

“I have always loved the Tour,” he said.

“It has played a huge part in my life and I will cherish this honour for the rest of my life.”

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady paid tribute to the Worksop man, and said membership was a fitting tribute.

“He is a devoted family man, but also devoted to the tour on which he cut his teeth in professional golf,” he said.

“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.”

Thirty-seven year old Westwood is in action in Dubai this weekend, at the Desert Classic.

He is currently one under par after four holes, playing alongside the number two and three players in the world rankings, Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods.

Speaking before the tournament, in which he finished second last year after a play-off with Miguel Angel Jiménez, Westwood said he felt in good shape after some hard work on the range.

“My game feels like it’s almost ready to go this week.”