Lee Westwood Wins Thailand Golf Championship December 18 2011

Englands Lee Westwood the worlds number three before the tournament, wins the Thailand Golf Championship by 7 shots from Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. Lee's last round of 69 was enough to secure the victory although it was not as easy as his first two rounds might have suggested. Charl Schwartzel had a very good third round to close the massive gap Lee had created by playing sublime golf. Schwartzel faltered in the final round coming home in par, which eased any doubts Lee might have had. The win takes Westwood to number two in the world, above Rory McIlroy but still behind Luke Donald, who had a disappointing tournament down in Australia. "I've amazed myself really," Westwood said. "It's been staggering, it all came together well. It's probably the best I've ever played." "It was nice to hole on top of Charl on 12 and then make the one on 13, it took the pressure off a little bit. I wasn't happy until I was on that boat coming back from the island on 17 with a big lead. "It was special this week because of the difficulty of the course. I've never had an 11-shot lead before and it was difficult to come out and refocus and reset goals. At 20 under after two rounds, it's yours to lose really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressure involved. Yesterday, I didn't know how to approach it or handle it." Lee Westwood poses with the trophy after winning Thailand Golf Championship Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA Lee is now going to focus on his fitness and winning a major, although he has had a good year of golf, he knows everyone will  agree with his good performance but that question about a major will always be asked. "I'm in a tricky position because I've been so successful but not won a major. Anytime I've gone a year without a major, people are always going to say it's been a disappointing year for Lee Westwood. If I was to evaluate the way I'm playing now and a year ago, I'm a better player." "I'm going to continue to work on my fitness and all aspects of my game. I'm going in the right direction, I can see a lot of improvement and I'm happy with the way I've finished the year, I've won two out of my last three events. I'll go into the winter with a lot of confidence and I'll try to come out next year playing the same kind of golf as I played this week, a little bit leaner and well rested."