Scotland’s beautiful but brutal Muirfield course played host to a familiar scenario for Worksop’s Lee Westwood today, as American rival Phil Mickelson snatched a major title from under his nose.
Westwood, 40, led The Open Championship by two shots going into the final round but by the time Westwood strode up the 18th fairway, the Claret Jug was already well out of his grasp.
A four over par round of 75 left Westwood tied for third alongside Ian Poulter and Adam Scott, after Mickelson had blitzed the field with a sublime 66.
It was reminiscent of the Masters in 2010 at Augusta, when Westwood was overhauled from a leading position by Mickelson.
But the Worksop golfer, who finished one over for the championship, insisted he wasn’t too upset at missing another good chance to break his major duck.
“I didn’t really play well enough today. I didn’t play badly, but I didn’t play great. Phil obviously played well, he shot the round of the day and birdied four of six, that’s a pretty special finish in a major.”
“I’m not too disappointed. I don’t really get disappointed with golf anymore.”