Westwood turned professional in 1993 and won his first tournament in 1996 at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters. By the year 2000 he had already won on 22 occasions worldwide which culminated in him winning the European Order of Merit for the first time and ending Colin Montgomerie抯 run of winning the previous seven.
Between 2000-2012 Westwood won another 17 tournaments worldwide and has come close to winning a Major Championship on numerous occasions finishing in T3rd or better in eight Championships since 2008. Westwood was crowned European Number One in 2010 after winning the inaugural Race to Dubai with a breath-taking victory in the Dubai World Championship. A brilliant final round course record 64 over the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates capped a magnificent season and lifted Westwood to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking.
This season Westwood has divided his time between the PGA and European Tour, making 18 cuts from 19 starts in America and 9 cuts from 9 in Europe. He began the final round of the Open Championship with a two-stroke lead but finished in T3rd behind Phil Mickelson.
Westwood has represented Europe in the last eight Ryder Cups, making his debut in 1997. He is the eighth most successful European golfer on points scored, with the second highest scoring rate winning 16 of his 33 matches played.