At The Masters, Lee Westwood is ‘fighting against the odds’ to win a historic major.
Curtis Strange would love to see Lee Westwood make history this week at the Masters 2021.
Lee Westwood has had a laid-back demeanor on the PGA Tour this season, which may have contributed to his strong showings thus far. Following back-to-back second-place finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players, the Englishman is expected to break his major title duck at The Masters this week.
Although he has the unenviable distinction of having the most top-three finishes at a major – nine – without winning one, Westwood has a strong track record at Augusta.
Westwood, on the other hand, would be rewriting history if he were to win the Masters on Sunday, becoming the oldest player to do it in the tournament’s history.
When Jack Nicklaus won at Augusta National in 1986, he was 46 years old and carrying his son Jackie on his bag.
Westwood turns 48 later this month, and while Curtis Strange feels the former world No. 1 can win this week, the two-time US Open champion has laid out the massive job in front of him.
“I believe all you have to do is look at the history of Masters winners, major winners, or winners in general,” he said.
“At 47, it just doesn’t happen all that often.
“For starters, the track record indicates that it will be a difficult task. Is he capable of completing the task? Sure, he’ll be able to do it.
“On Sunday at The Players, he played so well on the back nine holes when there was a lot of pressure and a lot of difficult, demanding shots.
“So he appears to have the physical abilities. Short-game; as we all know, the greens are difficult, but so were The Players, so that’s a positive omen.
“The Masters victors have traditionally been rated one, two, or three in greens-in-regulation. We know he’ll be able to do it.
“It all comes down to believing in yourself and having a strong week on the greens, especially in terms of putting.
“It’s not impossible,” says the source, “but he’s up against the record book.”
Strange was still on the PGA Tour when Westwood made his pro debut in 1995, and he has followed his career attentively throughout the years.
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