Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia Have Shot at Career-Changing Win

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Published: June 19, 2016

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If the golfing gods are kind at the U.S. Open Sunday, either Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia or Lee Westwood will finally feel the relief that comes from having a 400-pound gorilla climb off one’s back.

There are dozens of players in the field who have never claimed one of golf’s biggest prizes, but it’s those three who have had to live the longest with hearing the dreaded phrase, “Best player to never win a major.”

Aside from that blank spot on their resumes and the ability to play world-class golf, they don’t have much in common.

Johnson, the 6’4” beanpole who launches 300-yard drives with the same nonchalance that an IHOP cook flips pancakes, is an American who turns 32 next week.

Garcia, a 36-year-old Spaniard who once was expected to stare down Tiger Woods for victories at majors, is a master of the short game.

Westwood is a 43-year-old Englishman who supplanted Woods as the World No. 1 player in 2010 and held that title for 22 weeks. But he undoubtedly would have traded that ranking for a major title.

Fittingly, all three were bunched at two-under and tied for third place—three shots back of Irishman Shane Lowry—when the sun set on Oakmont Country Club on Saturday and play was suspended due to darkness. On Sunday, they’ll be up early to complete their third rounds, and then they’ll take aim at finally ending a major feeling something other than heartbreak.

All three hold numerous tournament titles and have notched top-10 finishes in majors. But they all went to sleep Saturday night knowing this is their chance to shift the assessment of their careers to all that they have accomplished, instead of what has not been done. A victory on Sunday changes everything for them.

So let’s take a look at them, one by one.

 

Dustin Johnson



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Article Source: Bleacher Report - Golf

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