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Well, Westwood for one. He’s not about to get ahead of himself just quite yet.

“I’m just concentrating on what I’ve got going on at the moment,” he said.

Probably a good strategy, considering the near misses Westwood has had. A 3-putt on the last hole in 2009 kept him out of a playoff with Tom Watson and Stewart Cink for the title, and he had close calls in both the U.S. Open and the 2010 Masters, where he took a lead into the final day only to be passed by Phil Mickelson.

Westwood is 40 now, an age where players don’t win their first major, unless you count Darren Clarke, who won the British two years ago and was last seen still celebrating his good fortune.

But this is a tournament where pot-bellied, cigar-smoking Miguel Angel Jimenez and his ponytail are leading at the age of 49.

After that, anything seems possible.


Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or