Lee Westwood watches another major championship slip away

Lee Westwood watches another major championship slip away

Lee Westwood finished at one under par.
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TURNBERRY, Scotland — That’s twice in 13 months that Lee Westwood has missed a playoff at a major by one shot. At Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open, he left a putt short on the 72nd hole.

At Turnberry, he three-stabbed the last after first finding a fairway bunker off the tee. While speaking with reporters behind the 18th green, Westwood was watching a TV monitor as Tom Watson missed his par putt to drop to two under par. If only.

If only Westwood could have just two-putted the same hole, he would have made the playoff.

“My frustration has just turned to sickness,” he said. “To be so close twice is pretty sickening, but this is the Open Championship and it’s the one that means the most to me.”

Standing over that first long putt on 18, Westwood said he figured he had to go for it as Watson was in the middle of the fairway behind him.

“I thought Tom was going to make 4 from where he was,” he said. “I thought I needed to hole the putt. I shouldn’t have got ahead of myself, really.

“I had a chance to win The Open. I’m putting in the hard work and it’s obviously working. I’m getting closer.”

Will he get another chance to win a major? “Well, hopefully in about four weeks,” Westwood said, referring to the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

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