Westwood wins Ballantine's; remains world No. 1

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ICHEON, SOUTH KOREA - Lee Westwood erased a three-stroke deficit in the final round Sunday to come from behind and win the Ballantine's Championship.

Westwood closed with a five-under 67 to finish the event at 12-under-par 276. Thanks to his 21st European Tour victory, Westwood will remain the top-ranked player in the world rankings on Monday.

The victory for Westwood was his first on the European Tour since he claimed the 2009 Dubai World Championship.

"It feels great. I must admit it was nerve-racking sitting there watching people play," Westwood admitted. "You never wish ill on anyone, but I'm delighted to win."

The third round was completed earlier Sunday at Blackstone Golf & Resort after storms stopped play twice on Saturday.

When the third round was completed Sunday morning, Miguel Angel Jimenez shared the lead with Alexander Noren and Rhys Davies.

Jimenez parred the final nine holes of the final round en route to a one-under 71 that left him alone in second at minus-11.

Noren stumbled to a two-over 74 that left him tied for fifth at minus-eight, while Davies struggled to a five-over 77. He fell into a share of 13th at five-under-par 283.

Davies played the front nine in two-over par, then bogeyed the 10th and quadruple-bogeyed the 12th. He was out of contention at that point.

Noren looked to be en route to his second European Tour title as he birdied two of the first three holes of the final round to get to 12-under par. He led by three at that point.

Bogeys on the fourth and sixth cut into his lead and by the time he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11, Noren was three shots back. He got one stroke back on the 12th, but he dropped a shot on 14 and parred the last four holes.

So it came down to Westwood and Jimenez, who are three-time European Ryder Cup teammates.

Jimenez had two bogeys and two birdies in the first five holes and remained in a share of the lead with Noren. After three straight pars, Jimenez ran home a birdie try on the ninth to make the turn with the lead at 11-under.

Westwood was stalking the Spaniard and used a solid closing stretch to earn the victory. Westwood carded birdies on the fourth and eighth to make the turn at minus-nine, where he was one back.

The Englishman ran off five straight pars from the ninth. After Jimenez's birdie on nine put him two up on Westwood, the world's No. 1 player birdied the 14th for the third straight day to get within one.

Westwood made it two in a row as he birdied the par-five 15th for the first time all week.

Now tied for the lead, Westwood parred 16 and 17. He birdied the par-five 18th for the third time this week to take the lead. He then waited to see if Jimenez, or anyone else in the last four groups, could catch him.

Jimenez had two par-fives in the last four holes, but was unable to convert. He parred the final nine holes to end one back.

"I've won two weeks in a row before, but it's still very special," said Westwood, who won the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour last week. "It's tough to come down off a win and get yourself refocused, but the more experience you get, the easier it is to do it."

Sang-hyun Park closed with a three-under 69 to take third at 10-under-par 278. American Dustin Johnson was one stroke back at minus-nine after posting a 69 of his own in the final round.

Noren shared fifth with Soon-sang Hong (69) at eight-under-par 280.

NOTES: Westwood had gone 20 straight European Tour events without a win, but he did post six top-three finishes in 2010 without a victory...Marcus Fraser, the 2010 winner, closed with back-to-back 72s to end tied for 27th at two- under-par 286...The tour returns to Europe next week and Alvaro Quiros is expected to defend his title at the Open de Espana.


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