SANDWICH, England – Lee Westwood is about to set a golf record that some may consider questionable.
He chooses to look at it proudly.
If Westwood (48) does not win the Open at Royal St. this week George’s not winning, he would have played in more important championships without a win than any other player.
American Jay Haas played in 87 majors without a win. This is the 88th for Westwood, who has achieved 44 worldwide victories, of which 25 on the European tour. But the Englishman has never won one of the top four.
“I care about that,” said Westwood of England. “It’s beautiful, that record. It shows that I have been a good player for a long, long time. There are not many people who have played in as many major championships as I have.”
And considered the best player who has never won a major?
“Another tribute,” he said. “Yes, I love it. Thank you.”
Westwood reached 19 top-10 finishes in major championships, including 12 top-10s. He missed the Tiger Woods–Rocco mediated playoff match at the US Open in 2008 with 1 hold, was second place Phil Mickelson was the 54-hole leader at the 2010 Masters during the 2013 Open won by Mickelson and a shot from the Stewart Cink–Tom Watson playoffs during the 2009 Open.
Earlier this year, Westwood took part in the winning Arnold Palmer Invitation in consecutive weeks. Bryson DeChambeau and the Players Championship won by Justin Thomas. He was in the last group that played with DeChambeau both weeks.
“I just think when you play well anywhere in the world, it gives you confidence,” he said. “Especially Bay Hill and the Players’ Championship, where I was second and had chances to win, had two of the strongest fields of the year, around two different golf courses. I feel like I’m getting my game where it needs to be good. for that week, I can argue. I do not know when it’s going to be in the right place or when I’ll get enough holes. But you’re just loading the dice to give you the best possibilities. , and then you give them a role and what happens, happens. ‘
Haas, 67, played regularly at the PGA Tour until 2008 and won nine times. He had 16 top-10s in majors, including nine top-5s.