Westwood named European Tour's player of the year

BY foxsports • December 13, 2009

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.''

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