Patron - Lee Westwood OBE

The English Deaf Golfing Association is pleased to announce that Lee Westwood OBE has agreed to become a patron.   The former world No.1 joins double major champion and European Ryder Cup hero Tony Jacklin in the role.

Lee is equally delighted to have been considered worthy enough to fill such a position and has promised to help promote awareness and encourage more involvement among those who might not previously have considered taking up the game.

“I am proud to accept this honour and will do whatever I can to help the Association develop and grow,” said Lee, who has won 40 titles worldwide.   “My own awareness stems from family connections and hopefully I will be able to raise the profile and encourage more people who are hearing impaired to start playing,” he added.  

“I hope my involvement will give a boost to the excellent work Tony, who himself suffers from impaired hearing, has been doing for the Association”.

 "The English Deaf Golf Association is delighted to welcome Lee on board as Patron of the EDGA. Lee will be a vital, supportive link in helping EDGA to raise awareness of Deaf golf in England as well as be a fantastic role model alongside Tony Jacklin"

Fast learner Lee took up the game at the age of 13 after his grandparents bought him a half set of clubs.   Less than two years later, he was crowned junior champion of home county Nottinghamshire.

Lee turned pro in 1993 after winning the British Youth Championship.  He reached the summit of golf in November 2010 when he became world number one, ending Tiger Woods’ five-year tenancy at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Lee has enjoyed a glittering career, winning 40 titles around the world, including 22 on the European Tour, most recently at the 2012 Nordea Masters. He is second only to Sir Nick Faldo in the list of England’s most prolific champions. He won the European Tour Order of Merit in 2000 and the inaugural Dubai World Championship and Race to Dubai in 2009. He received an OBE for his service to the sport in 2012.

Lee has made eight consecutive appearances in the Ryder Cup since 1997 and has been on the winning side six times, including the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012. He was unbeaten in the 2004 and 2006 tournaments and equalled Arnold Palmer’s record at Valhalla in 2008 when he made it 12 matches without defeat.

Lee, born and bred in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, was presented with honorary Doctor of Science degree from Nottingham Trent University in November 2007. He is also a keen fan of Nottingham Forest.

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