Lee looks to silence critics

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Lee Westwood’s return to the world number one spot after victory in the Indonesian Open was greeted with a large amount of cynicism in some quarters.

The Worksop golfer regained top spot on Monday after he won in Jakarta and Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald lost a play-off in The Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

However, winning against a field which included the likes of Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng - big names on the Asian Tour but nowhere near Westwood’s class - left many critics, particularly those across the Atlantic, dismissing the achievement.

Much of that may be sour grapes, with six Europeans currently in the world’s top 10 where American representation is restricted to Phil Mickelson (fourth), Tiger Woods (sixth), Steve Striker (ninth) and Matt Kuchar (10th).

Westwood will get a chance to silence the snipers when he leads a stellar field in tomorrow’s Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea.