Ryder Cup star Westwood becomes the world’s second best golfer


It’s been a good weekend for Lee Westwood and whilst he may be a little hung-over after celebrating yesterday’s Ryder Cup win, his status of the world’s second best golfer will be sure to improve his headache.

Westwood picked up 2.5 points from a possible four and led the European team from the front.

Despite losing to Steve Stricker in the singles, Westwood had made his impact on the European team by hammering Stricker and Tiger Woods in the Sunday foursomes with help from partner Luke Donald.

That victory initiated the European fight back where they were absolutely dominant in Sunday’s session, winning by 5.5 points to 0.5 points.

Westwood now hopes to take that form into the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this weekend where he will partner a celebrity in the pro-am event which is worth $5m to the winner.

If Westwood is to win the competition, (12/1 to do so), or finish second, he will replace Tiger Woods as the number one golfer in the world, bringing to an end Tiger’s 278-week run as the world number one.

Rory McIlroy joins Westwood at the top of the Dunhill Links betting market as 12/1 joint favourite, but he struggled in the Ryder Cup, winning just two points.

Nine of the European team headed to Scotland on a private jet this morning with Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald taking a break this weekend.

Man-of-the-moment Graeme McDowell is 25/1 to win this weekend and add to his US Open and Wales Open victories this year.

But the Ryder Cup celebrations may have an impact on the European players and Simon Dyson is a big price at 50/1 to win a tournament he won last year.

Retief Goosen is 16/1 to win after a strong showing in the FedEx Cup. See the full 2010 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship betting odds market here.