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Westwood among sports stars honored by Queen

Updated: 2011-06-11 13:13
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Westwood among sports stars honored by Queen 

Lee Westwood of England hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during third round play in the 2011 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 9, 2011.


LONDON - Golfer Lee Westwood, racehorse trainer Henry Cecil and two cricketers from England's victorious Ashes team are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday list.

Westwood, who supplanted Tiger Woods as world No 1 in October and regained the top ranking from Martin Kaymer in April, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Cecil was given a knighthood for more than 40 years of service to horse racing while David Higgins, an Australian who led the construction program for London 2012 as chief executive of the Olympics Delivery Authority, was also handed the top honor available.

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss was given an OBE and fellow opening batsman Alastair Cook was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.