Get a monkey of his back. Get a 2 million-pound bonus.
That’s how it would go for long-suffering Lee Westwood.
Under an endorsement contract he inked with apparel-maker Dunlop, the Englishman would receive a 2 million-pound windwall -- that's $3.3 million -- in U.S. dollars -- for a win at the Masters this week.
“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 check.”
The Dunlop deal doesn’t just apply at Augusta. It’s good for any major Westwood wins.
Too bad it isn’t valid for top-three finishes in majors. Westwood has more of those (eight) than any golfer in history without a major win.
Throughout his career, Westwood, 40, has frequently been burdened with the back-handed honorific of Best Player to Never Win a Major. Often, it’s seemed more than he could bear.
But he came to Augusta this week as a relative sleeper, and with a respectable Thursday round of 73, he has put himself in the mix once more.
Goodbye monkey, hello money? Tune in this weekend to see.