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For now, he holds the title of "World's No. 1 Golfer." However, who knows how long for? At this rate, not much longer.
The English golfer appeared to be at the top of his game, despite the lack of wins on tour. He finished his season in 2010 in dominant fashion, taking the Nedbank Challenge by eight strokes by shooting 17-under par. Also, Westwood had won in June at the St. Jude Classic, his second PGA Tour victory in his career.
At the Ryder Cup, there weren't too many golfers at his level. He went 2-1-1 in the Ryder Cup, including a six-and-five victory over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in foursome play.
However, the start of the year could not be going any worse for Westwood than it currently is. Well, he could have missed both cuts in his first two tournaments, but instead he settled for only one missed cut.
In his first tournament at Abu Dhabi, Westwood took 64th out of 70, shooting 69-75-73-73. That placed him 26 strokes behind Martin Kaymer—26 strokes, that is not a typo.
If that were Tiger Woods, he would be getting attacked in the press. However, since he decided to stay in the safety of the European Tour, where he competes better, Westwood dodged a bullet.
Lee Westwood may the the best golfer by points, but remember, he didn't win to earn it. If he doesn't get going soon, then we will have a new "best" golfer.