Being a strong fan of Tiger Woods, nothing has been more painful than waiting to see a Woods finally begin his comeback and help me prove how finicky his detractors really are. I have always said that for those “fair weather” fans, once he started his comeback and begin to emerge as the true number one golfer in the world, those who jumped off the bandwagon will then begin their journey to jump back on. Maybe this is that switch which needs to be on before he gets his groove back.
“Briton Lee Westwood will take over as world number one when the new rankings are published on Monday after Ryder Cup team mate Martin Kaymer finished down the field at the Andalucia Masters.”
“Westwood ended Tiger Woods’s unprecedented 281-week reign at the top of the rankings after German Kaymer finished with a closing 75 for a seven-over-par tally of 291 at Valderrama on Sunday.”
“Speaking to a teleconference from his home on Sunday while he rests his calf muscle before next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Westwood was in no doubt this was his finest moment despite not actually being on a golf course.” “To be able to sit down and say there’s nobody better right now, I think it has to be the highlight,” the 37-year-old said.” “When you’re growing up and people say ‘What do you want to achieve?’ you say ‘I want to be the best in the world’. “”It’s a planet isn’t it? I’m the best on the planet.” “The Englishman will have to keep a close eye on Woods and was expecting the American to come right back at him in China.” “That’s the kind of relationship we have.” “I give him a little bit of stick and he gives it back,” he said.” “We’ve always got on very well and have great mutual respect for each other.” “Although Westwood has not played since Europe’s victory over the United States earlier this month, he said he was on the mend and is looking forward to defending his number one spot.” (Pilcher, Tom, 10/31/2010, Reuters, Westwood to take over from Woods as world No. 1, Retrieved from www.news @yahoo.com).
I was quite harkens to hear Westwood say how much respect that they had for each other. I think relationships like that is what makes golf such a gentlemen game and one that many other sports could learn a lot from.