The last win for Lee Westwood on the European Tour came on April 20, 2014, at the Maybank Malaysian Open, the same date when Matt Kuchar won his last event on the PGA TOUR and interestingly enough they both won after 1666 days on the same date on their respective tours simultaneously.
Lee Westwood won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Suncity, South Africa, hosted by legendary Gary Player with three-strokes over Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar won with a stroke over Danny Lee.
The Englishman entered the final day at Gary Player Country Club three shots behind long-time leader Sergio Garcia. Westwood halted Sergio Garcia’s great run on the final day with a flawless eight-under 64 consisting of an astonishing eagle on the second and six birdies, five of which came on the back nine.
Garcia could post only 2-under 70 on Sunday making him fall three-strokes back from the winner.
“I’m a bit emotional, to be honest,” he said. “You’re never sure whether you’re going to be able to do it again. “Until now my emotions have felt really under control all day which is what I’ve been working hard on. I was just trying to hit fairways and stick to my game-plan and hit it in the right places.
“I’ve got a bit of a process that I’m going through with my golf swing and I’m starting to see better shots. The seven iron into 17 is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit.”
The only Indian in the field Shubhankar Sharma fought off his previous three rounds of 75, 74 and 71 and posted a magnificent 4-under 68 to finish T-27 at Nedbank Golf Challenge, climbing 17 spots from his Saturday’s position on the board. Sharma’s total of level-par 288 put him in a tie with Renato Paratore, Trevor Immelman, Pablo Larrazabal, Joakim Lagergren, Joost Luiten, Andrew Johnston and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
The tournament is followed by DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the last on the Tour’s 2018 season and Shubhankar has confirmed his participation in the same.