Lee Westwood will be hoping to rise to the occasion as he bids to land a first ever major at this weekend’s US Open.
Although the Worksop golfer missed the cut at the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis last weekend, he has a knack of lifting his game to contend in majors.
This is Westwood’s 15th attempt to land the US Open, and he’s come close on two occasions, with a share of third place in 2008 and 2011.
Last year he finished tied for 15th, at the Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, in Pennsylvania.
This weekend he’s in North Carolina, at Pinehurst Resort, where he’ll try and turn this year’s mixed form into major glory.
“The majors are what you try and peak for, they’re three good venues this year and hopefully I can get my game in shape for those,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m in pretty good shape now so ideally you’d like to peak at the start of the year and carry it on all the way through but certainly main focus for top players is the major championships.”
Westwood is not only eyeing the major shaped hole in his golfing CV this year, but the Ryder Cup, and he’s vying for automatic qualification.
Automatic positions will be filled at the end of August, before European skipper Paul McGinley selects his ‘captain’s picks.’