Could it be 77th time lucky for Lee Westwood?
The Englishman has won everything in the game, including being part of a magnificent record seven Ryder Cup team victories. But frustratingly he’s managed to cross the ultimate line as an individual player.
He’s gone so close on so many occasions but for one reason or another he’s come up short each and every time
After Sergio Garcis’s Masters win earlier in the year, ‘Westy’ now stands alone with that ‘best player never to have won a major tag.’ However, the Spaniard’s long-awaited success will have given him fresh heart even though he’s in the twilight of his otherwise illustrious career.
He’s made a more than bright start at Erin Hills, firing a splendid three-under-par 69, and after Garcia finally broke his duck at Augusta, it couldn’t happen again could it? Could it be a London buses scenario? You wait so long for one and then suddenly two arrive together!
But Westy, successfully debuting the new Ping G400 driver, knows more than anybody that it’s early days and his impressive opening effort is nothing more than a platform to build on. He tees it up in the 2nd round alongside Ross Fisher and former US Open champion Graeme McDowell at 7.47pm.
He’s always remained philosophical about his major miseries and nearmisses, saying: ``Maybe I'll never win one. Maybe I will. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't.''
And if it finally does happen in Wisconsin, there will not be a more popular and worthy – and relieved – victor…..