Lee Westwood will be hoping Sunday’s stunning round of 63 will give him the momentum he needs to clinch a first ever major this weekend.
The Worksop golfer produced a flawless finish to last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, ahead of the final major of the year – the USPGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
Westwood is not only out to win his first major title, but improve his chances of continuing his fine record of Ryder Cup service by making himself Paul McGinley’s obvious choice for a wildcard spot.
And the Irishman was evidently impressed by Westwood’s performance on Sunday.
“If you look at the one pillar that has been consistent throughout the Ryder Cup success we have had since the 90s it has been Lee Westwood but you want to see Lee in form,” McGinley said on Sky Sports.
“He is not going to get in on his reputation alone.”
“He needs some form, he knows that and it’s good to see him playing well today.”
The former world number one himself said the round of 63 was a timely boost.
“‘I felt like it was coming all week but I just kept making silly mistakes over the first three rounds,” said Westwood.
“This was a lot more like me, though. I hit the ball really well and now I’ve got some momentum heading to the USPGA.”
Westwood finished in a share of 19th position in Ohio.
His best ever finish in a USPGA Championship came in 2009 when he shared third place.
He tees off from the 10th hole on Thursday afternoon with Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.