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What makes Westwood special

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Rob Hodgetts | 16:55 UK time, Monday, 1 November 2010

"So what makes Lee Westwood so special?" It was my opening question to Westwood's coach Pete Cowen after the Englishman usurped Tiger Woods as world number one.

The answer was unexpected - I was waiting for something along the lines of great driver of a golf ball or something - but it encapsulated his rise to the top of the rankings.

"He's very comfortable in uncomfortable situations," said Cowen. "It means he wants to be where it hurts. That's what all great sportsmen can do; they can cope with adversity very well."

Translated to the golf course that suggests Westwood relishes the pressure of the big occasion, thriving and embracing the situation when others might buckle.

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