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Born Lee John Westwood on the 24th April 1973, in Worksop, Nothinghamshire, England, he is a professional golfer who spent 22 weeks as the No. 1 golf player on the Official World Golf Ranking, and has won a total of 42 events on five different continents, however, a major title still eludes him. His career has been active since 1993.
Have you ever wondered how rich Lee Westwood is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Westwood’s net worth is as high as $40 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a golfer. Apart from titles, his net worth has benefited also from various endorsement deals he has signed over the years.
Lee Westwood Net Worth $40 Million
Lee started playing golf in his teens, and with the help of his father, John, who also picked up golf clubs to inspire young Lee, started playing at a decent level. Lee’s game slowly improved, but he also played other sports, including rugby, football and cricket. Although he started to play golf a bit later than his peers, two years into competing he won the junior championship of Nottinghamshire, while in 1990 he won the Peter McEvoy Trophy, his first amateur tournament. Three years later he turned pro, but not before he won the British Youth Championship.
Three years into his professional career, Lee won his first event, at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters, while soon enough came the second title, at the Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters, held in Japan.
The following year he defended his title in Japan, while also winning the Malaysian Open, then the Volvo Masters in Spain, and the Holden Australian Open. Throughout his career, Lee has quite prominent on the European Tour, winning a total of 23 titles, which only increased his net worth. Thanks to his great form, Lee has been named as European Tour Golfer of the Year three times, firstly in 1998, then in 2000 and 2009. Also, he was the winner of European Tour Order of Merit twice, firstly in 2000 and then in 2009. He reached the top 10 golfers for the first time in 1998, and in the next three years held his top 10 position for 160 weeks. Then in 2010, Lee passed the legendary Tiger Woods for first place in the Official World Golf Rankings, and ruled the golfing world for 17 weeks, when he was replaced by Martin Kaymer. Nevertheless, Lee again reached No. 1 spot on the 24th April 2011, and held it for the next five weeks.
Apart from success on the European tour, Lee has also won events on PGA Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour, and PGA Tour of Austalasia, which also increased his wealth.
Lee also participated in 10 Ryder Cup winning seven times with the European team against the US.
Regarding his personal life, Lee was married to Laurae Coltart , who is a sister of Scottish golfer Andrew Coltart, from 1999 until 2015; the couple has two children together. He is now based in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, ERngland.
Lee is an honorable graduate of Nottingham Trent University, receiving Doctor of Science degree in 2007, and the university’s sports hall bears Lee’s name. Back in 2010 he started the Lee Westwood Golf School, which centers on young golfers, and has also established a Junior Lee Westwood Golf Tour and Lee Westwood Golf Camps. Thanks to his contribution to golf outside the field, he received Golf Foundation’s ‘Spirit of Golf’ Award. Lee was rewarded with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011, on the Birthday Honors List.
Apart from golf, Lee’s interests include cars and football; he supports several football clubs, including Nottingham Forest and Queen of the South, while he also sponsors the semi-professional football team Worksop Town FC.