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Lee Westwood continues his solid play in Memphis

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He is the third best golfer in the world right now, but he hasn't won a PGA Tour event since 1998. He has never won a major championship but he has finished in the top-three the last three big ones. He is arguably the best golfer to come out of the United Kingdom since Nick Faldo, but when it comes to taking home trophies, he comes up short.

With another U.S. Open looming a week away, Lee Westwood decided to play the St. Jude Classic as a preparation for Pebble Beach. So far, it seems that was a great idea.

Westwood is tied for the lead with Garrett Willis, nine-under after two days in Memphis. He is hitting the ball far (302 yards per poke), making his putts (tied for fifth at the St. Jude) and has found 70 percent of the greens in regulation.

While a win here would be huge for a guy like Westwood, it is apparent that the focus is next week, at a tournament that he can win.

If his play continues, it might not just be the St. Jude that Westwood dominates. Pebble Beach might finally be the place he leaves that ugly monkey that has followed him all these years.

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