The Open 2013: Lee Westwood rues loss of form at Open
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Lee Westwood said not doing "enough right" on the last day of the Open cost him the chance to win a first major.
The 40-year-old led by two shots after 54 holes but his worst round of the championship, a 75, saw him finish in a tie for third at Muirfield, four shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.
"I didn't play badly, but I didn't play great," said the Englishman.
"It's a tough course - you've got to have your 'A' game. I missed a few shots out there."
Westwood made five bogeys as he slid down the leaderboard to finish on one over, while American Mickelson shot the round of the day - a 66 - for a three-under total.
"Sometimes you play well and somebody plays a bit better and sometimes you play poorly," he added.
"I didn't really do either and Phil obviously played well. He shot the round of the day, five under par and birdied four out of [the last] six - that's a pretty special finish in a major championship.
"But you've got to play well to give yourself your own momentum, and I just couldn't get there today.
"I didn't do a lot wrong, I just didn't do enough right. I know what I've got to work on."
Westwood, who has finished either second or third at a major eight times in his 62 attempts, "really enjoyed" the experience of beginning the final round as leader.
He said: "It's where any professional golfer wants to be. It means a lot and you go out there and try your best, but there was no pressure.
"I was amazed to be in the lead going into the fourth round, because every time I turned into the wind I was really struggling.
"I didn't feel like I was striking the ball well but I putted lovely this weekend. I made my fair share so there was a lot of positives to take out of the week.
"I'm not too disappointed. I don't really get disappointed with golf any more."
Respect to Phil for a brilliant last round. Roll on the PGA!
Mickelson showed how it's done, Westwood showed how not to do it.
But fair play to Westwood for fronting up to the media, and being so gracious, so soon after his massive disappointment.
Phil deserved this win because he did his homework and made the effort to play in the Scottish Open - he knew the shots he had to hit and executed well!
Do detect a transatlantic accent there by any chance?
You keep knocking links golf by referring to it as beach hockey and insinuate it is just luck of the bounce that wins. Modern golf was developed on links courses and The Open as well as being the oldest MAJOR is a true test of a golfers repertoire of shots. The target like golf played weekly on the USPGA tour is dumbed down golf
Keep at it Lee....one day, just one day, you might convert the last day lead in to a Major success...we're all keeping our fingers crossed you do...one of golfs nice guys.
BUT what is the point of beating himself up after the event?
Move on come back stronger, the positives are his chipping & putting looked better than they have for years, he played well for 3 days regroup & look at the next tournament
Golf fans adore Mickelson. He 'makes shots' and attacks pins when he's in contention, rather than waiting for things to happen or others make mistakes
But he was out of order with what he said on Thursday night. But he's admitted that himself and apologised. So move on, I suppose. Though posters are within their rights to refer to it when we get more 'narratizing' from the media
Well done Mickelson.
Westwood's attitude is not " second best is acceptable " . watching him interviewed over the past few years he is clearly desperate to win a Major . He always comes over as being totally irritated by the stupid questions he gets from journalists who know nothing about golf. Westwood will be gutted after this loss .