If Lee Westwood, the current No. 1 player in the world, had any worries about retaining his European PGA Tour status, he can relax. Joining an elite group of players, Westwood recently received a rare honorary life membership to the European PGA Tour, to which he said:
"I have always loved the Tour and the people surrounding it – it has played a huge part in my life and I will cherish this honour for the rest of my life."
Westwood is only the second English player to hold the top spot in the world rankings since they began in '86 (Sir Nick Faldo is the other), and is third on the all-time European PGA money list behind Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie. To date Westwood has amassed just over 20,000,000 pounds in winnings. PGA Tour sued by Stanford Financial ReceiverDisgraced financier R. Allen Stanford is still making waves in professional golf, as his company's court-appointed receiver and a bunch of investors are suing PGA Tour Inc. for nearly $13 million.The receiver filed suit today in a Dallas court, claiming the money paid to the PGA Tour was tainted as a result of Stanford's alleged $7 billion financial fraud.
The Tour is not alone in Stanford's mess. David Toms is also targeted by a group looking to recoup $900,000 Toms supposedly received in Stanford-related profits. In addition, Vijay Singh's management company IMG Worldwide Inc. is also being sued for approximately $10.5 million by Stanford's receiver. Ex-Masters champ has back to the wallIt wasn't too long ago "Canadian" Mike Weir was seemingly one of the best players in the world. The lefty won the Masters, of course, but also had a very solid all-around game and a good deal of respect on the PGA Tour. These days Weir is struggling to simply retain his credentials. Currently Weir is playing on a temporary medical extension which has run out. If he doesn't win approximately $217,000 in his next three tournaments he'll lose exempt status and have to go back to Q School, rely on sponsor exemptions, or play on the Nationwide Tour. Weir will be competing at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week. Tweet of the Day From new Tweeter Darren Clarke, to manager Chubby Chandler: