Euro golf No.1 Westwood's fresh outlook

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It is not just the pandemic that has given Lee Westwood some perspective during a year like no other that has seen him named the European Tour's golfer of the year for the fourth time.

It's the person carrying his bag, too.

"When I start to get carried away with myself - you know in the majors and stuff like that - she says it's just another walk around a big green field, really," Westwood said of his fiancee, Helen Storey, who also happens to be his caddie.

"It's the sort of thing I need, to simplify everything. Because that's what it is, just another green field.

"Helen working with me is like having a psychologist there.

"If you've got that kind of perspective, that it's just a game, especially with what's gone on this year and people's freedom being taken away, it gives you the perspective and that's taken pressure off me as well."

That outlook is doing wonders for a former top-ranked player who, at the age of 47, is showing no signs of slowing down.

Westwood was voted the European Tour's top player on Monday, a week after finishing the season as the Race to Dubai champion - formerly known as the winner of the Order of Merit - for the third time in his career, 20 years after the first.

"At the end of the day, it comes to just loving the game," he said.

"I don't feel like a 47-year-old, I feel like a 25-year-old."

Westwood's victory in Abu Dhabi in January ensured he is the only active golfer to be a title-winner in four separate decades - and he is still riding high in the world rankings, at No.36.

That gains him entry to all the World Golf Championship events and he will be back at the Masters in April, too, in his latest bid for a major.

Westwood praised the European Tour for putting on a full schedule this year in difficult times during the pandemic but he played his part, too, hosting the British Masters in July - a tournament that marked the full resumption of the tour's 2020 season.