IT seems that rip-roaring comebacks are the in thing these days. Not so long ago, Scotland’s salvage operation at Twickenham was being hailed as one of the greatest ever comebacks.

And then Tiger Woods won the Masters to complete the greatest ever comeback. But hold on a minute. Liverpool’s jaw-dropping victory over Barcelona the other night is now being championed as the greatest ever comeback. If there are anymore greatest ever comebacks in this fevered sporting year, we’ll have to invent a raft of gushing new superlatives to underline the greatness of these greatest ever comebacks.

“I think it’s one of those that you’ll sit down with your grandkids and you say, ‘I was there that night’,” said Lee Westwood, who may be a Nottingham Forest fan but went along to Anfield to take in Liverpool’s thrilling Champions League turnaround while in the Merseyside vicinity for the British Masters.


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Westwood knows a thing or two about great comebacks himself, of course. He was part of the European team which rallied from 10-4 down to win the 2012 Ryder Cup in the Miracle at Medinah.

“You think this is not going to happen but then you give them a scare, and all of a sudden the momentum goes with you and the crowd get on your side and it’s incredible,” he reflected.

At 46, Westwood is taking it a bit easier these days. He’s played only five events in 2019 but despite reducing his schedule, his ambitions have not diminished. “I can’t really compare myself to the Lee Westwood of the late ‘90s or even 2000s,” he said. “But I know when I have a week on and I’m playing well and my game is in good shape I can still contend at any level, so I’ve still got ambitions in the game.”