Lee Westwood solidified his world number one ranking with a victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. With his final round 68, Westwood finished an astounding eight strokes ahead of second place finisher Tim Clark. Westwood seems to playing with a great deal of confidence since taking over the top ranking from Tiger Woods. With Woods losing in a playoff to Graeme McDowell at the Chevron World Challenge, Westwood will hold on to the number one ranking through the winter. If Tiger Woods plays his usual schedule in 2011 it will be February before he makes a run at Westwood to regain the number one ranking.
European players made huge strides on the world stage this year and it appears that they are prepared to challenge Tiger and Phil for the top spots in the world. Even if Tiger regains his form in 2011 he will face competition unlike any time in his career. As young players like Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler storm on the scene the veteran European players are playing with more confidence than ever. The 2011 PGA season looks to be an exciting one.