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Westwood's reign could be short lived

Lee Westwood’s reign as the World’s number one golfer could be short lived as he comes face to face with the man he deposed this week.

Westwood ended Tiger Woods 281 week reign at the top yesterday, even though neither he nor Woods played in this weekend’s European Tours Andalucia Masters which was won by US Open Champion Graeme McDowell.

If Martin Kaymer had come first or second with only one other golfer, he would have taken the top spot, but after a disappointing tournament he only managed 21st position.

Westwood will play at this week’s WGC-HSBC Champion event in Shanghai this week, where he will play against Woods, USPG Champion Kaymer and Phil Mickelson, any one of whom could become number one by the end of the tournament.

“I have a great relationship with Tiger. We have mutual respect and have always got on well.” Said Westwood

“When Tiger was at his pomp everyone thought it (being number 1) was unattainable. But forms come and go-I am a perfect example of that and when we started to get a bit nearer the top we started to think it was obtainable.”

Westwood was ranked 266th in world just seven years ago, and his amazing turnaround means he is the first European golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to become number one

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