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Lee Westwood hopes to strike it lucky at 121st US Open

Lee Westwood hopes to strike it lucky at 121st US Open
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The 48-year-old is taking inspiration from recent performances from Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink and Padraig Harrington.

Fresh from getting married in Las Vegas, Lee Westwood will hope to strike it lucky and claim an overdue major title in the 121st US Open.

Westwood and Helen Storey tied the knot last weekend before making the short flight to San Diego for the year's third major at Torrey Pines, where the 48-year-old finished third in 2008.

And with 50-year-old Phil Mickelson winning the US PGA Championship last month, Westwood has fresh evidence that time is still on his side as he seeks to break his duck in the majors.

"How Phil plays really bears no relevance to how I'm going to play, but there's been great performances by the older guys previous to that," Westwood said.

"Stewart Cink, who I'm playing with this week, has won twice already this season. Padraig Harrington played really well that week (in the US PGA), and he's nearing 50.

"Obviously it was a great result for Phil and it just proves that golf is a game where, if you keep yourself in shape (you can compete).

"I think Phil's and mine and Padraig's age group, we were kind of just the start of looking after ourselves a little bit more than maybe our predecessors, and now we're seeing the benefits of that as we do get into our late 40s and 50s. What we did back then is paying benefits now."

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson became golf's oldest major champion with victory in the 2021 US PGA (David J. Phillip/AP)

Westwood has not been back to Torrey Pines since agonisingly missing out on a play-off 13 years ago, with Tiger Woods going on to defy season-ending injuries to beat Rocco Mediate.

"I said to one of the guys on Monday, the last time I stood on this tee there were about 20,000 people on this hole," Westwood added. "That brought back good memories honestly.

"I played really well. This is a tough golf course and it tests every aspect of your game. I think I led scrambling that week, which anybody who's up there at the top of a US Open leaderboard I think needs to get up-and-down well and putt well."

Asked about he and Woods needing to birdie the 72nd hole to catch clubhouse leader Mediate, Westwood added: "Both of us missed the fairway and laid up.

"Tiger laid up in the rough. I laid up in the fairway but was between clubs. Hit the easy one rather than going flat-out with a lob wedge and it came up about 18 feet, 20 feet past the hole, and had a left-to-righter down the hill.

"Hit what was quite a good putt and it just hit something. The greens were getting a bit iffy at that stage of the day, and it hit something and went a bit left instead of carrying on and breaking left to right.

"Obviously missed on the left-hand side, then stood there and watched Tiger hole his putt."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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