10 - 13 April

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood: Masters runner-up in 2010

Lee Westwood: Masters runner-up in 2010

World number three Westwood is now regarded by most as the best current player yet to have won a major.

Fact Box

  • Current World No.3 Westwood dropped to 266 in the world rankings in 2003.
  • Westwood has made the top three in six of his last 14 majors.
  • He had shot just twice in the 60s in 34 rounds at Augusta before opening 67-69-68 in 2010.

He's come close numerous times and so nearly shook off that tag in the 2010 Masters when taking a one-shot lead into the final round.

Westwood did little wrong that day, holing plenty of clutch putts in his closing one-under 71, but he ran into an inspired Phil Mickelson and lost by three

Before that near-miss, It had been over a decade since Westwood had seriously contended at Augusta - he led at the turn in the final round in 1999 before slipping to sixth - and that gap demonstrates the fall and rise of the Englishman who dropped well outside the world's top 200 at one point in the last decade.

That he was able to overthrow the long dominant Tiger Woods as the world's top ranked player at the end of 2010 was therefore all the more impressive and his game is so good now that he has a genuine chance of winning any of the four majors.

The Englishman has finished in the top 11 in three of the last four Masters and looks primed to put in another big performance in 2012.

From tee to green Westwood is almost without peer so if his chipping and putting hold up he looks a virtual certainly to be right in the mix come Sunday.

Lee's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 24/04/1973
  • Nationality: England
  • Height: 6ft