Westwood named European Tour’s player of the year

Lee Westwood has been named the European Tour’s golfer of the

year for 2009.

The 36-year-old Englishman was given the award for the third

time in his career after crowning a consistent season by winning

the Dubai World Championship and finishing at the top of the

European money list.

Westwood also won the award in 1998 and 2000. He then had a long

slump and fell out of the top 100 in the world rankings, before

climbing back to his current spot at No. 4.

Westwood said Tuesday that “to drop completely into obscurity

and come back from that to get back into the world’s top five and

win the first race to Dubai means a lot.”