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Westwood Wins Loch Lomond

July 11, 1998

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Lee Westwood won the Loch Lomond golf tournament by four strokes Saturday to reclaim the No. 1 spot in European golf and set himself up for a $1 million bonus of he wins at next week’s British Open.

Westwood finished with the 8-under total 276 after a 1-under closing round of 70, four strokes ahead of five players who shared second place.

The 25-year-old Englishman was the only player to break par in all four rounds of the $1.41 million tournament.

The $235,155) winner’s check was enough for him to replace Colin Montgomerie on top of the European tour money list. The tournament’s sponsor put up the bonus as an incentive for any player who could win the Loch Lomond and the British Open at Royal Birkdale next week.

Westwood said the bonus would be good but winning the British Open was worth more than money.

``If I was to win the Open, the million dollars extra would be fantastic. But actually winning the Open means more to me,″ he said.

``I’m playing well at the moment. Every day I’m playing better and better, getting my iron shots close as well. Hopefully I can keep it going for next week.″

Tied for second were Ian Woosnam, who scored a fourth round-best 66, David Howell (71), Argentina’s Eduardo Romero (68), Australian Robert Allenby (68) and Sweden’s Dennis Edlund (74).

Edlund, who shared or threatened Westwood’s lead until the last four holes, missed a long-range putt on the last which could have given him outright second place.

Montgomerie shot 70 to finish in joint seventh place with Gary Orr at the 3-under total 281 while Tom Lehman shot a 72 to finish a stroke further back at 282.

Americans Stewart Cink and Craig Hainline finished even-par 284.

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