Lee Westwood marries girlfriend and caddie Helen Storey in surprise Las Vegas wedding and shares news on Instagram

GOLF star Lee Westwood has married his girlfriend and caddy Helen Storey in a surprise wedding in Las Vegas.

The Ryder Cup star, 48, announced the news in a typically deadpan post in Instagram, with the message: "Not just here for the hockey! We said I do! #VivaLasVegas".

The post also included two photos, one of the happy couple at the ceremony and the other of their hands wearing their new wedding rings.

British golfer Matt Wallace was one of the first to congratulate the couple, with the message: "Dreamteam."

American golfer Charley Hoffman simply wrote: "Congratulations."

Lee and Helen have been together since meeting in 2015. 

In recent years she has become his caddie, breaking the usual golf code of hiring a professional bagman.

His form improved dramatically since she did the job as a one-off in 2018.

A few weeks later he won his first title for four years when he took the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Since then, she's been a regular on the links alongside her man.

She likes to keep her Instagram followers updated on her fitness exploits, with regular snaps and videos of her gym exploits.

Westwood was formerly married to Laurae Coltart, the sister of Scots golfer and Sky pundit Andrew Coltart.

They got married in 1999, and had children Poppy and Sam together but the couple divorced in 2015.

Soon after, as Westwood was introduced to Helen by his mate Graham Wylie, who is married to Storey's sister.

Storey is from Newcastle and is a fitness consultant, before then acting a caddie to Westwood.

At the 2021 Players Championship, Bryson DeChambeau described Storey as Westwood’s ‘secret weapon.’

DeChambeau said: “I think Helen is a big part of his (recent) success. She’s keeping him steady and level headed and she’s a rock.

"Keeps his mind focused on the right things, and she’s been awesome for him, and that’s one of his secret weapons, I think.”

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