VIRGINIA WATER, England — Lee Westwood changed into voted as the European Tour’s golfer of the 12 months for 2020 on Monday, successful the award for the fourth time in his career after ending the season as the Race to Dubai champion on the age of forty seven.

Westwood begun the 27th 12 months of his skilled profession via winning the Abu Dhabi Championship to become the primary active golfer to win a title throughout four separate many years.

He ended 2020 by being crowned the tour’s No. 1 participant for the third time — and 20 years after he first received what changed into previously popular because the Order of benefit title.

“i am very honored and extremely flattered to were named European Tour’s golfer of the 12 months as i do know the competitors for the award this yr would had been extraordinarily excessive,” talked about Westwood, who also received the accolade in 1998, 2000 and 2009.

Westwood praised the european Tour for inserting on a full agenda this yr in tricky times during the coronavirus pandemic. An elder statesman of the tour, the previous true-ranked player played his part via hosting the British Masters in July — a match that marked the full resumption of the tour’s 2020 season following a three-month stoppage.

“His performances and his professionalism are matched via his durability and his dedication to European golf,” the tour’s CEO, Keith Pelley, referred to about Westwood. For Lee to call presently earlier than our resumption and ask what he could do to assist the tour is testament to the person and the player he is.

“To then go on to turn into the ecu Tour’s No. 1 player for a 3rd time, two decades after he first done that accolade, changed into a storybook option to conclusion this most challenging of years.”

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

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