Honorary graduates

2007

Mr Lee Westwood

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his major contribution to golf, both as a highly successful international player and also as an ambassador for the sport through his numerous media appearances.

Lee WestwoodWorksop-born Lee took up golf at the age of 13, turning professional when he was 20. He announced his arrival on the world stage in 1996 with his maiden victory on the European Tour at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters.

Since then, he has achieved a number of notable victories not only on the European Tour but also in tournaments in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In 2000, his most successful year to date, he won no fewer than seven tournaments worldwide and was ranked first in the Volvo Order of Merit. Lee has also represented Europe in five Ryder Cup events, with him and his team mates winning the cup on four of those occasions.

This year has seen him continue his return to international prominence, notching up impressive wins at the Valle Romano Andalucia Open and - after an enthralling final round - the Quinn Direct British Masters at the Belfry.

Lee ended the 2007 season ranked in tenth position in the European Order of Merit and is currently 25th in the World Ranking. He has just returned from Shanghai where he tied for second place in the HSBC Champions Trophy.

Despite his international profile, he remains close to his Nottinghamshire roots and, like his parents, plays regularly at Worksop Golf Club where he received so much support and encouragement in his early years.

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