Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters by three shots on Sunday at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, and a few hours later it became official: He once again was the world’s #1, a position he held for 17 weeks from November through February. His 33rd career win came on the Englishman’s 38th birthday.
“This will definitely be the most memorable birthday for me,” he said.
Starting the day with a five-stroke lead after rounds of 68-66-66, Westwood found himself on the 10th hole Sunday at even par for the day and tied for the lead. “I knew I had to get into gear,” he said.
The jump-start came at 11, where he made a 15-foot birdie putt that had three feet of break. “That was probably the hardest putt I had all day,” Westwood said. “That was a good one to hole.” He went on to birdie 12 and 16 en route to a 19-under total. “I managed to pick up a few shots and birdied 16 from four feet. I was quite comfortable after that.”
Walking onto the 72nd green, Westwood was greeted with a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Asked what he wanted as a gift, he smiled and said, “Something silver and shiny.”
Westwood tied for 1st in GIR for the week, hitting 82%, including 17 of 18 greens on Sunday. He relied on a G10 driver, i10 irons, an i15 3-wood, Rapture V2 5-wood, Tour-W wedges, and a Redwood Anser putter.