It's Sunday and Lee Westwood must make this the day he validates all the praise he's received. He has yet to capture a major title, yet he has been the top-ranked player in the world on two occasions.
Westwood attained his ranking because of his consistency and his 22 titles on the European Tour. That success is noteworthy, but now it's time for him to win one of the big ones.
Does Westwood need to win a major to validate his status as an elite golfer?
The 39-year-old is in position to capture the title at the U.S. Open. Heading into the final day, Westwood is plus-two after shooting a blistering 67 on Saturday. In most tournaments a plus-two overall and a 67 isn't all that eye-popping, but at this year's U.S. Open it's about as good as it gets.
The unrelenting Olympic course in San Francisco has been hard on the field. Elite players like Phil Mickelson are plus-eight through three rounds. Bubba Watson and defending champion Rory McIlroy didn't even make the cut after two rounds.
That puts the plus-two and 67 in round three in the proper perspective. If he is to justify his place as one of golf's elite players, he needs to win a major.
This one is in his reach, he must grab it now. These opportunities are far from guaranteed. If you want to catch Westwood's quest for a first major and the rest of the U.S. Open action on the final day, here is the complete TV schedule:
Sunday, June 17: 4th Round Coverage
4:00-10:00 p.m. on NBC
Live Stream of the eighth and 18th holes at USOpen.com
Live Scoring is available at USOpen.com as well
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