Last Updated: 10/06/13 4:13pm
Lee Westwood: Short game has sharpened up
The tag of best current player yet to have won a major has been carried by Westwood for the last four or five years.
He's come close numerous times and so nearly shook off that label in this event when finishing just a shot outside of the Tiger Woods-Rocco Mediate play-off after failing with a birdie attempt at the 18th.
As well as that third place at Torrey Pines, the Englishman was also third at Congressional two years ago while he has three other US Open top 10s to his name.
From tee to green Westwood has been almost without peer, but his chipping and putting has been repeatedly questioned as not strong enough to get over the line in a major.
However, moving his family to the United States earlier this year to allow himself more practice in the sunny climes of Florida appears to be paying dividends and his short game is looking sharper as a result.
Last year he was ranked 191st in the PGA Tour's Scrambling stats but this year he's in the top 10.
So after a rather flat start to the season which saw him drop outside of the world's top 10, Westwood has started to pile up the quality results again.
Having banked eighth places at The Masters and the Players Championship, can he now take the final step and win an overdue and deserved first major?