No.1 Westy chases more glory


Lee Westwood is still sitting on top of the golfing world...

'Westy' remains World no.1 after following up his victory in the Indonesian Open by capturing the weekend's Ballantine’s Championship for his 21st European Tour success.

Now the World numero uno has his eyes firmly focused on his ‘fifth Major’ at the BMW PGA Championship.

The 38-year-old Englishman will be among the main attractions at Wentworth Club from May 26-29, along with closest rivals Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald.

For Westwood, the BMW PGA Championship represents the biggest prize in the game outside golf’s four grand slam events, and he would like nothing more than to take home the European Tour’s flagship title, an honour that has eluded him thus far in his glittering career of more than 30 international tournament victories.

“The BMW PGA Championship is the biggest title that I play for outside of the majors. It’s bigger than the World Golf Championships because of what the tournament represents for us as The European Tour,” said Westwood.

“It’s the Tour’s showcase event and obviously I’d love to win  – it is always a great event to play in and it would be nice to win a BMW tournament for the first time and it is certainly a high priority for me in any season.”

Kaymer, meanwhile, is hoping to add a second BMW title to his CV, having secured his second European Tour victory at the 2008 BMW International Open before going on to secure a further seven European Tour titles, including his first Major at last year’s US PGA Championship.

The German, who dethroned Westwood from his Number One position in February, only to lose out himself to the same player nine days ago, said: “It is definitely one of my goals to win the BMW PGA Championship."

Donald, meanwhile, is enjoying one of the most successful periods of his career having won the WGC – Accenture Match Play in February and putting together an exceptional run of form that has taken him to within touching distance of Westy's no.1 cfrown.

Donald almost won the BMW PGA Championship last year but had to settle for a tie for second place after being pipped eventual victor Simon Khan.