Lee looking for quick return to No 1

Reason to smile: Lee Westwood has the chance of an instant return to the No 1 spot this week.    Picture: Themba Hadebe
Reason to smile: Lee Westwood has the chance of an instant return to the No 1 spot this week. Picture: Themba Hadebe
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AFTER losing his place as World No 1 this week, Lee Westwood will get an instant chance to reclaim it within a week.

After a 17-week reign as the world’s leading golfer, Westwood was knocked off top spot by Martin Kaymer despite the German’s defeat to Luke Donald in the Accenture World Match Play Championship in Arizona this week.

However, the Worksop golfer can go back as No 1 at the Honda Classic in Florida, which starts on Thursday, because Kaymer isn’t taking part.

The top four places in the latest world rankings are all occupied by European golfers with Kaymer and Westwood followed by Donald and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. Tiger Woods is fifth whilst two more European players, Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy, are also in the top 10 at seventh and eighth respectively.

For Donald it is a career-high placing and follows his victory over Kaymer in the World Matchplay.

Outstanding all week, when he was never behind to anyone and never even played the 18th hole in any match, he was three up after five only for Kaymer to level by the turn.

Donald then won the 11th and 13th and went on to win 3&2 thus following up his convincing 6&5 semi-final win over America’s Matt Kuchar.

“This is a win for a lot of people and means a lot,” said Donald who won £864,000. “It’s also a good (first) birthday present for my little daughter.”

It comes five years after his last win in the US and is only his second tournament success in that time.

Kaymer, aged 26, is the second youngest world No 1 spot after Woods. The first person to be No 1 when the rankings were introduced was fellow German Bernhard Langer.