Westwood looks to tame 'Beast' of Bethpage
If you want to know what sheer bloody-mindedness looks like, watch a re-run of the 2008 US Open.
He defied doctors'orders to play in the first place. He limped and winced in pain from the serious knee injury he was carrying. And he holed out from all over the place.
Tiger Woods demonstrated unwavering belief, iron-willed determination and a profound desire to come out on top.
In his mind, he was always going to win the US Open. No matter what. And the tale of Tiger's 14th major title will be retold long after we've forgotten that 7,426 yards - the stats for this week's US Open venue Bethpage Black - is long for a golf course.
But 12 months on, one Englishman will have his own memories of Torrey Pines.
Westwood, though, tees it up on the 'Beast' of Long Island this week clad in another layer of experience to act as insulation against the heat should he find himself in the thick of it on the final afternoon.
"I learnt that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would," he told me when we met up at the European Open at the London Club a few weeks ago.
"And I learnt that I was good enough to win a major. You're never quite sure until you get into that position that you're going to be comfortable but I did feel pretty comfortable all day.
"There wasn't a point where I thought, 'I'm out of my depth here'. It's never going to get worse than playing with Tiger in the last group of the US Open in California. I've played with him many times but the US Open is a different kettle of fish."
To recap, Westwood trailed Woods by one going into the final round after the American holed two monster putts for eagles and also chipped in on the 17th to snatch the lead.
But it was Woods who blinked first, and Westwood led by one at the turn.
"Your mind does occasionally get ahead and you do think this could be the one," said Westwood.
"But I've always been able to rein myself back in and I stayed very much in the present and concentrated on what I was doing."
Westwood did stutter, though, and standing on the 18th tee, he and Woods needed birdies to match Mediate.
Incredibly, Woods sank yet another long putt to barge his way into the play-off.
Westwood could only make a par five and came up one short.
He described it as "sickening" at the time, but looking back, would he have done anything differently?
"I'm pleased with the way I handled it," he said. "My technique could have been better in the fairway trap on 10. I thinned it through the back.
"And on 13 I went for the green with a three-wood when I should have laid up and pitched in from 90 yards. It was a 90%-10% shot, with 10% it could have gone OK. So I should have thought that out a little bit more. I was more surprised to see Tiger hit the same shot as me into the left-hand hazard.
"So that was a mental mistake, but it's hindsight isn't it?"
The US Open, traditionally set up with tight fairways and penal rough, has proved Westwood's happiest hunting grounds of the four majors, with a third, a fifth at Pebble Beach in 2000 and seventh at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in 1998.
Westwood has not played the infamous New York public course before, but watched on TV when Woods - ominously - won the US Open at Bethpage in 2002.
"It looks good, but tough," he said. "Tee to green the US Open is the most demanding of the majors. I've always been pretty high up in stats in greens in regulation and all-round driving so you'd think it would be one of the ones that suited me."
Westwood has struggled this season, with a best finish of 27th at the European Open, but he has been working hard with coach Pete Cowen.
"Tee to green I'm pretty confident but 100 yards in I'm not up to standard, so that's the area I've got to work on the most," he said. "And my putting, but nobody's ever really happy with their putting."
At 36, Westwood is now one of the old guard on the European Tour, so is he worried his career might slip by without a major to his name?
"Part of the problem is that people build up majors and put them on a pedestal and you fall into the trap of believing all that," he said.
"You have to go in with a clear mind and forget that, and treat it just like any other week. You need the attitude of giving it 100% but not giving a monkey's.
"I figure I've got 10 more years. I've come close and I'd love to win one but it's not something I'll regret for the rest of my days."
Alongside Westwood, Britain's best hope at Bethpage perhaps lies with world number three Paul Casey, a solid driver who was 10th two years ago. Sweden's Henrik Stenson could also lead the European charge after winning the Players Championship. Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia, though, are strangely out-of-sorts.
But Woods's comeback after eight months out for knee surgery has been stellar by anyone else's standards. Six strokeplay events, two wins, nothing worse than ninth.
He's most definitely back, he's hungrier than ever and we saw last year the lengths to which Woods will go. And if he can win on one leg...