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He’s north of 40 now, with a list of accomplishments that would make most of his peers salivate. Lee Westwood has 39 professional victories, played in eight straight Ryder Cups, been named European Tour player of the year three times, and ended the five-year reign of Tiger Woods as the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer.
Something remains missing, though. And Westwood might be running out of time to find it.
For the 62d time, Westwood will be competing in one of golf’s four major championships, when the 142d British Open commences at Muirfield Thursday. His first 61 appearances have resulted in no victories, just a rash of frustrating near-misses.
Perhaps this week will be different. Maybe a return to the United Kingdom will finally push the 40-year-old Englishman across the line, as they say, and into golf history. Of the four majors, the British is the one Westwood most wants to win, always has been.