Lee Westwood is to quit his Worksop home

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Lee Westwood has confirmed plans to move to the US at the end of the year.

The 39-year-old, who currently lives near his birthplace of Worksop, has won 40 professional titles but has yet to claim a major in 57 attempts, with his best finishes being the runners-up spots he claimed at the Masters and The Open in 2010.

At the end of 2010, Westwood became the first European player since 1994 to rise to world number one after replacing Tiger Woods.

Westwood, who finished tied for 10th in the US Open said of his decision to leave England: “There are a number of reasons but the main one is I haven’t got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can. I am moving to America at the end of this year because, with our weather, it is hard to practise when you want to practise in the UK. The rest of the family are excited about the move and I can see us spending the next five to 10 years in America.”