He is No. 3 in the world, looks to have the ideal game for Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and former champions are lining up to make him their tip for the British Open.
So, can Lee Westwood finally win his first major this week after so many painful near misses?
''I've contended most weeks and given myself a chance, so I don't see any reason why this week should be any different,'' Westwood said Tuesday.
That's certainly what Tony Jacklin and Gary Player, winners here in 1969 and '74, think. Three-time major winner Ernie Els, and Europe Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal also believe Westwood's time has arrived.
It's easy to understand why.
Westwood is one of the straightest, cleanest ball-strikers around. That accuracy off the tee will be a major weapon around a links course that has more than 200 bunkers and thick rough that is brutal and at times unplayable.
The Englishman has also been a contender so often at majors - two runner-up finishes, two thirds and four fourths -...