Vijah Singh beats Lee Westwood to claim WGC title

Vijay Singh wins the WGC title

Vijay Singh beat English golfer Lee Westwood by one shot to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in Ohio. The 45-year-old shared the lead with Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson overnight, but recorded a round of 68 on the final day to finish on 10 under par.

It wasn’t easy for Vijay Singh though and in actual fact he nearly through it away. Half way into the final round, he produced some messy putting and threw away an early two shot lead. Showing his experience though, he held on to win his first ever WGC title and his first PGA Tour title in six years. Lee Westwood – who has been in fine form of late – finished joint second with Stuart Appleby. Phil Mickelson on the other hand ended up in fourth.

Talking of the World number two, it was his poor form towards the end of the round that allowed Vijay Singh in for victory. As he approached the 15th hole, he had a one shot lead over the rest of the field. However, he bogeyed three of the last four holes to throw away his lead. Hardly what you would come to expect from a man who is the highest ranked golfer competing in the world right now because of Tiger Woods’ injury.

The victory means that Vijay Singh moves up to number four in the world rankings, a position that could have been occupied by Lee Westwood if he had won in Ohio. Instead, the English golfer moves up to 12th in the world. You get the feeling that it won’t be long until he forces his way into the top ten though, because he is in excellent form. Speaking after the WGC event he said that he feels very ‘comfortable’ amongst the best golfers in the world at the moment. Something which has possibly hampered him in the past.

With the Ryder Cup coming up in September, all European golf fans will be hoping that Lee Westwood can continue in the same vain he has recently. From what I can see, there is no reason why he won’t. If I was to place a golf bet on the Ryder Cup, I’d certainly back Lee Westwood to be one of the leading point scorers for Europe, even though he missed out on a PGA title to Vijay Singh this time around.