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Athlon Counts Down the 20 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season
They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.
No. 10: Lee Westwood
Born: April 24, 1973, Worksop, U.K. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 (22 on European Tour | 2012 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,016,569 (24th) | World Ranking: 13
Brandel Chamblee's Take
Westwood will turn 40 years old in April of 2013, and the only thing missing from his substantial resume in golf is a major win. Perhaps like his friend Darren Clarke, who waited until he was in his fourth decade to finally win a major, Lee will find shades of gray to his liking. The odds do not favor him, however, as only three of the last 56 majors have been won by men in their 40s. Lee has decided to move to the United States; one suspects that the move is a last hard push at the only thing the game has denied him. If the comfort of living here improves his short game — he ranked dead last in 2012 — he might join Vijay Singh and make his 40s his best years.
Major Championship Résumé
Masters - T2
U.S. Open - T10
British Open - T45
PGA Championship - Cut
Best Career Finishes:
Masters - 2 (2010)
U.S. Open - 3rd/T3 (2008, 2011)
British Open - 2 (2012)
PGA Championship - T3 (2009)
Top-10 Finishes: 14
Top-25 Finishes: 24
Missed Cuts: 16
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