Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Nice Earner for Westwood

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Nice Earner for Westwood

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LEE Westwood has the chance to achieve another milestone in his career this weekend - the biggest earner in European Tour history.

In a clear sign of the times the opportunity comes not in Europe, but in China at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament where Westwood finished runner-up last year, one shot behind Francesco Molinari and nine clear of the rest.

For years the top of the career money list was fought out between Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els.

Montgomerie, though, has not had a victory for well over four years and Els has not had even a top 10 finish on the circuit since he won the South African Open last December. The 42-year-old still heads the table with pounds 22.4million, but Westwood is now up to pounds 22.2million and first prize in Shanghai is more than pounds 720,000.

It was this time last year that Westwood went to world number one for the first time and he told europeantour.

com: "I played like world number one in the tournament - unfortunately Francesco played a little bit better. …

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