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Westwood ends drought with Portugal success

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  • Lee Westwood clinches his first European Tour title for two years in Portugal
  • The English Ryder Cup player finishes two shots ahead of Francesco Molinari
  • Westwood's first victory in two years puts him top of Race to Dubai standings
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(CNN) -- Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood claimed his first European Tour title for two years with a two-shot victory in the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on Sunday.

Westwood leads the Race to Dubai standings after claiming his first European win in two years in Portugal.

Westwood leads the Race to Dubai standings after claiming his first European win in two years in Portugal.

Englishman Westwood, the world number 11, shot a six-under-par final round 66 to finish on 23-under for the tournament, two ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari.

Triple Major winner Padraig Harrington finished third on 19-under-par following a 67, while overnight leader Retief Goosen of South Africa slumped with a 75.

It was 36-year-old Westwood's first win since his British Masters triumph in 2007 and also sent him to the top of The Race to Dubai standings.

Westwood, who has had 26 top-10 finishes since his last win, is seeking to be crowned European number one for the second time in his career.

He told reporters: "It was nice to finish it off, you never know when the next win is going to come and you start to question yourself.

"You always slightly doubt yourself in the back of your mind and to be number one again feels great. It's been nearly 10 years since I won it.

"I'm also delighted about the world rankings. I always have a good look at that and it's a reflection of my consistency.

"But winning is definitely a habit and I got out of the habit. Hopefully now I have won again I can win more."

Molinari was level with Westwood until he missed a three-foot par putt on the short 16th and the Briton secured victory with a long birdie putt on the 17th.

Despite a closing round of 66, Irishman Rory McIlroy finished down in 30th place and drops down to second on the Race to Dubai standings.

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