Bunker Mentality

Westwood being offered staggering bonus to win the Masters

Bunker Mentality

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Lee Westwood at Augusta

Lee Westwood has never won a Major, but he has eight top-three finishes in Major championships - that's more than any golfer in history without a Major win on their CV.

And the longer that streak continues, the more pressure there will be on Westy to produce the goods - and the harder it'll be for him when he's standing over those nerve-jangling putts on the back nine on Sunday, we'd imagine.

But as well as the pressure of his place in history, Westwood has another huge variable to put in the mix if he breaks his Major duck this week: the £2 million bonus he would get from one of his sponsors.

Dunlop have been one Westwood's main sponsors for years, and the win bonus would be payable whichever of the Majors he won this year.

And the company would be more than happy to see him take their cash.

“We wish Lee every success at Augusta,” said David Newbury, Dunlop’s head of marketing.

“He’s been one of the world’s leading players for many years and we’d be delighted if the Masters finally brings him the major victory his career deserves — even if it does mean signing a very large cheque.”

Let's hope so - though if we were Westwood's bank manager we'd not be holding our breath. While there's nothing Bunker Mentality would love more than to see him go the distance in a Major, we've reluctantly come to the conclusion that it just ain't going to happen. At some point you have to start thinking that all those near misses aren't just coincidences.

Come on, Lee - prove us wrong.

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