Lee Westwood showed why he was world number one with a stunning final round 67 to land the honours at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea.
In so doing, Westwood ensured he would remain as world number one in the Official Golf World Rankings, as well as record back-to-back victories and also give the YourGolf tipster a much needed winner after a few lean weeks.
With 27 holes to be played Sunday after the third round was suspended due to bad weather, Westwood bogeyed his first hole back – the 13th – but it proved to be far from unlucky as he then went on to make two birdies in the last five holes to finish with a round of 69.
Westwood then went bogey-free in his final round, carding five birdies – including one at the last – for a 67 and a 12-under par final total of 276.
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez matched Westwood for much of the way after finishing Saturday with a share of the lead on 10-under, and the pair pulled clear of the pack when they both reached 11-under with a handful of holes left to play.
However, the two early bogeys in the Spaniard’s final round ultimately proved his wrongdoing as Westwood made his last-hole birdie to post the target, and Jiminez couldn’t make up the deficit over the final few holes and a 15-foot birdie putt on the last that would have given him a play-off chance slipped agonisingly past the hole.
“It feels great,” said Westwood. “I must admit it was nerve-racking sitting there watching people play. I don’t obviously wish ill on Miguel but over those last three holes I wasn’t cheering for him to make a birdie.
“I’m delighted. Professional golf is all about winning and it’s great to do it back-to-back two weeks in a row. It was nice to come back from last week and get it all together.”
Jiminez finished one clear of Korea’s Sang-hyun Park whose eagle on the last gave him the biggest payday of his career, with big hitting American, Dustin Johnson a further shot back in fourth.
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