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Lee Westwood wins players' European Tour award for 2009

Lee Westwood with the European Tour Players’ Player of the Year Award
Westwood is in action at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Thursday

England's Lee Westwood has been named the European Tour Players' Player of the Year for 2009.

The 36-year-old ended a two-year wait for a title at the Portugal Masters and also achieved third-place finishes at the US Open and USPGA Championship.

"I am delighted to have been recognised by my fellow European Tour professionals," said Westwood.

The world number four was rewarded with the European Tour's golfer of the year award for 2009 in December.

He clinched his second European Tour of Merit title following a stunning six-shot victory at the Dubai World Championship in December.

The lucrative title, along with 13 top-10 finishes, helped Westwood earn a single-season record of 4,237,762 euros (£3,697,944).

"It was obviously a good year last year and I got an award from the press writers and various other awards but to be voted the players' player by the people you play with day in, day out, week in, week out and who know best what you go through emotionally when you are under pressure, obviously means a lot," stated Westwood.


The Worksop-born star begins the new season on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which features eight of the world's top 20 and includes the returning Sergio Garcia and defending champion Paul Casey.

"It was a fantastic year last year but at some point you have to stick it in a box and move on but still feed from the confidence I gained from last year, especially the end of the year and the last tournament," added Westwood.

"It was nice to have a break following a long run of tournaments. I needed to relax and put my feet up and enjoy what had happened.

"But it is nice to get back out and have the freshness and enthusiasm starting again in a spot that suits me, having only played in Abu Dhabi once and finished second.

"It is also a desert course and last time on a desert course I was pretty successful."

It is the majors where I can improve the most because I haven't won one and that's everybody's goal

Lee Westwood

Looking ahead to this season, Westwood insists he is determined to capture his first major, having finished third in The Open and USPGA in 2009 and third in the US Open the year before.

"I feel like I should have won the British Open last year but didn't so I learnt a few things from that," he said.

"The more often you get into situations like that I feel more comfortable and I'm also getting to the stage now where I should be in that position in most majors.

"Winning the money list, there's not many more places to go from there other than I suppose winning it more times. But it is the majors where I can improve the most because I haven't won one and that's everybody's goal."

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