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Golfer Lee Westwood, who made his PGA debut in 1995, has had several close finishes on some of golf's biggest stages, including third place at the U.S. Open.
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In high school Lee played soccer, rugby, cricket, and competed in cross-country events. But golf seemed to hold his interest more than anything. He'd fallen in love with the sport at the age of 12 when he stayed up late to watch Jack Nicklaus win the 1986 Masters. A year later, his grandparents gave him a partial set of clubs. He birdied a hole his first time out, and by the time he was 15, Westwood had taken home the local junior championship.
In April 1998, Westwood won the Freeport-McDermott Classic in New Orleans, which was followed by two more victories in Europe a month later. Since then, Westwood has been a regular member of Europe's Ryder Cup team, not to mention one of its top scorers; in 2004 and 2006 he was unbeaten in all five of his matches.
Westwood, who made his PGA debut in 1995, has also had several close finishes on some of golf's biggest stages. In 2000 he came in fifth at the U.S. Open. Eight years later, he finished third at the tournament. His Official World Golf Ranking has reached as high as No. 4.
Phil Mickelson early in his career, Westwood has been dogged by the perception that he can't close out big tournaments. In recent years, his career has been defined by some heartbreaking losses. At the 2008 U.S. Open he missed a 20-foot birdie that would have sent him into a playoff. At the 2010 Masters he saw his lead in the final round evaporate. A month later, at the Players' Championship, Westwood again fell short, this time to Tim Clark, a little known South African who'd gone winless in his last 200 American tournaments.
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