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Lee Westwood Wins Back-to-Back, Deservedly Still Number One in the World

ICHEON, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 01:  Lee Westwood of England poses with the trophy after winning the Ballantine's Championship at Blackstone Golf Club on May 1, 2011 in Icheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Sean DowlingContributor IIIJanuary 15, 2017

Lee Westwood fired a final round 67 coming from behind to claim his second win in as many weeks at the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. He held off the veteran Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez for the victory by one stroke at 12 under par.

With all the discussion and speculation lately about who deserves to be No. 1 and why, how can anyone make the case that it isn't Westwood right now?

He's won back-to-back weeks, and the Ballatine's at Blackstone Golf Club wasn't a weak field.

Players like Ian Poulter, Y.E. Yang and Ernie Els all missed the cut. In addition to that, American Dustin Johnson finished in fourth.

Other notable players in the discussion for world No. 1 aren't even playing. Tiger is hampered with his left knee sprain and has chose to skip the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow next weekend. Phil has chosen not to play at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, while Englishmen Luke Donald, currently ranked third in the world, is eight shots off the pace set by Webb Simpson heading into Sunday's final round.

If some of the other "best players in the world" are taking time off for whatever reason, and Lee Westwood is continuing to win all around the globe, how can anyone not justify him as the best golfer in the world?

The official world golf rankings are convoluted and elaborate, but one thing is for sure, as long as Westwood keeps up this winning form, he will remain at the top of the World Golf Rankings.

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