Westwood aiming for record sixth win

Lee Westwood tees-up in today's German Masters looking to match a European Tour record of six victories in a season. Westwood is just one victory away from matching the feat of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.

Lee Westwood tees-up in today's German Masters looking to match a European Tour record of six victories in a season. Westwood is just one victory away from matching the feat of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.

The 27-year-old from Worksop claimed a fifth Tour triumph of 2000 with a four-stroke victory in last week's Belgacom Open and the victory has also seen Europe's leading money-earner this year move ahead of Montgomorie in the world rankings. Westwood is now the world No 4 behind Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and David Duval while Montgomerie is sixth behind fifth-placed American Phil Mickelson.

It is the third occasion, since early 1999, that Westwood has unseated Montgomerie as Europe's best world-ranked player. "That's the first time I've been ahead of Monty for a long time but No 4 is not No 1 on the world rankings. That's a long way off, yet, but it is a step in the right direction."

Westwood arrived in Cologne £42,000 ahead on the Order of Merit of Darren Clarke and with a £271,000 first prize in the ancient German city, he is looking to extend his advantage over the absent Clarke. Clarke's wife, Heather, gave birth yesterday to their second child, a boy.

Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington and the in-form Eduardo Romero will provide Westwood's main opposition.

* The Women's British Open is to become the fourth major championship on the LPGA Tour calendar beginning next season, replacing the du Maurier Classic it was announced yesterday. The British Open joins The Nabisco Championship, the McDonald's LPGA Championship and the US Women's Open as the "majors" in women's golf and next year will carry a £1.1m purse.

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