VIRGINIA WATER, England — Lee Westwood turned into voted because the European Tour’s golfer of the year for 2020 on Monday, successful the award for the fourth time in his profession after ending the season as the Race to Dubai champion at the age of forty seven.

Westwood began the twenty seventh yr of his expert career by using profitable the Abu Dhabi Championship to develop into the primary active golfer to win a title across four separate decades.

He ended 2020 by means of being crowned the tour’s No. 1 player for the third time — and twenty years after he first won what changed into previously popular because the Order of merit title.

“i’m very honored and extremely flattered to had been named European Tour’s golfer of the year as i do know the competition for the award this 12 months would have been extremely excessive,” stated Westwood, who additionally won the accolade in 1998, 2000 and 2009.

Westwood praised the ecu Tour for placing on a full time table this year in problematic times throughout the coronavirus pandemic. An elder statesman of the tour, the previous top-ranked participant performed his part via hosting the British Masters in July — a event that marked the full resumption of the tour’s 2020 season following a three-month stoppage.

“His performances and his professionalism are matched with the aid of his longevity and his dedication to European golf,” the tour’s CEO, Keith Pelley, observed about Westwood. For Lee to name almost immediately earlier than our resumption and ask what he may do to help the tour is testomony to the person and the player he’s.

“To then go on to become the eu Tour’s No. 1 player for a third time, 20 years after he first completed that accolade, changed into a storybook solution to end this most difficult of years.”

Westwood recorded six straight appropriate-20 finishes from the uk Championship in August to the Scottish Championship in October.

A panel comprising members of the golf media voted on the golfer of the year award.