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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 3 Lee Westwood


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, 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. 3:Lee Westwood

Born: April 24, 1973, Worksop, England | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 (21 on European Tour)|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 4| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $970,446 World Ranking: 3

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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Since 2008, Lee Westwood has posted six top-3 finishes in majors, including at least one in all four majors. It is this versatility and consistency that made him the first Brit to be ranked No. 1 in the world since Nick Faldo. He’s 38 years old, however, and one might wonder if his best golf is behind him. But recent major wins by some aged stars in golf, like Darren Clarke, Phil Mickelson and Angel Cabrera, might embolden Westwood. 
The clever Twitter fanatic is one of the best interviews in golf, and if the occasional blemish in his short game doesn’t trip him up, he could be making the media centers very entertaining in 2012.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 55
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - T11
U.S. Open - T3
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - T8

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 2nd (2010)
U.S. Open - 3rd/T3 (2008, 2011)
British Open - 2nd (2010)
PGA Championship - T3 (2009)
Top-10 Finishes: 12
Top-25 Finishes: 22
Missed Cuts: 15

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.