He is No. 3 in the world, looks to have the ideal game for Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and former champions are lining up to make him their tip for the British Open.
So, can Lee Westwood finally win his first major this week after so many painful near misses?
"I've contended most weeks and given myself a chance, so I don't see any reason why this week should be any different," Westwood said Tuesday. "I know my game is good enough to win when I play well enough, play with everything together."
Avoiding the thick rough and more than 200 bunkers strewn across the links course will be key at Lytham, so Westwood's renowned accuracy off the tee will be a major weapon.