Ernie Els believes Westwood deserves Open victory
Three-time Major winner Ernie Els believes that the Open Championship is Lee Westwood's best chance of a first Major win.
The South African golfing great believes that the course at Royal Lytham and St Annes suits Westwood's style of play down to a tee.
The world number three has yet to triumph in a major championship in his 19-year career, but Els believes it is only a matter of time until he does.
"Lee has paid his dues, he deserves to win one," said Els. "He isn't running out of time, this could be his week."
This will be the Worksop born golfer's 58th major tournament, and he will be looking to improve on his previous best of second in 2010. But Ernie believes that the former world number one can pull through this year at the challenging Lancashire course.
The last Englishman to win at Lytham was Tony Jacklin back in 1969, and 'The Big Easy' believes that with a bit of luck, Westwood is the man to end this 43-year drought.
The winner of the 2002 Open also heaped praise on the current world number one Luke Donald, who like Westwood is yet to win a major.
"Its all there, he just needs a bit of luck," claims Els. "His time will come one day."
The Open Championship begins on July 19, and both Westwood and Donald will be hoping to emulate the success of last year's champion Darren Clarke.