Nice little earner for Lee Westwood as he marks 25 years among golf’s elite

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In 1993 Lee Westwood became a professional golfer.

Last weekend he finished equal 61st in the Open Championship.

That’s 25 years among golf’s elite, a quarter of a century of sporting excellence.

Apart from his picking every winner on the first day of Cheltenham this year, his divorce and a justified rant at Twitter trolls five years ago all we know Lee Westwood for is his golf and that smile.

And the 45-year-old has plenty to look happy about.

The former world number one and seven-time Ryder Cup winner from Worksop may not have won a major championship but he has been an ever-present at golf’s top table for more than two decades.

According to Business Insider UK Westwood is 13thon the all-time golf earnings list with $53.5m with 25 championship wins in 25 years, as of last year.

He picked up another £25,000 this weekend at Carnoustie and there’s no sign of him hanging up the irons just yet.

Besides what are golfers supposed do when they retire?

Speaking of long careers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will need to coax their aching sinews to something like their best if England are to have a chance in the test series against India, starting next week.

Anderson got Yorkshire skipper Joe Root with a beauty yesterday morning at Old Trafford to underline his fitness following his shoulder injury and Broad nailed Foakes just before noon for Notts against Surrey at Trent Bridge.

After 10 years of their terrorising the world’s best batsmen England are still heavily reliant on the form and fitness of 35-year-old Anderson and Broad, aged 32.

The patched-up pair will have to fire as of old for England to have any chance against the world’s current top test side

What we will do when they’ve finally gone no-one knows.

* East Fife 4 Forfar 5 has been a football score tongue-twister waiting to happen since Eric Morecambe made it one of his regular quips in the 1960s.

This weekend that great day dawned but only after penalties in the Scottish League Cup but we’ll have to settle for that.

Before Sunday, there had been two occasions when the scoreline almost occurred. In January 1964, the fixture finished Forfar 5 East Fife 4.

In October 2011, a meeting between the sides ended East Fife 4 Forfar 3.

Crewe drew 2-2 too.