AT one stage in danger of not even being classed as the best English golfer in the world, Lee Westwood was able to cling onto his No 2 place in the world rankings as Luke Donald missed out on his chance to usurp him.
Westwood finished 18th in the Cadilla Championship in Florida. Donald, in contention to win it, would have jumped above him into second place in the world rankings behind the man who knocked the Worksop ace off top spot, Martin Kaymer.
But Donald, two shots off the lead in joint second place going into the final round, shot a level par 72 and so dropped to sixth and remains at No 3 in the world rankings.
At one stage Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington were lying joint second with Donald but those two both dropped away with 74 and 73 respectively and finished joint 10th alongside Tiger Woods who leapt from 30th to 10th with a six-under 66 in the final round.
Winner of the £857,000 first prize was American Nick Watney who made a birdie three on last for a five under 67 and overall 16-under 272 to pip fellow American Dustin Johnson by one shot.
Watney was runner-up two years ago.
Kaymer, second at halfway, closed with two rounds of 74 and came only 24th,
In the latest world rankings, Sheffield’s Danny Willett is 90th which puts him as 27th-ranked European in world golf. Fellow Yorkshireman Simon Dyson is at No 79.