Third for Westwood at US Open

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LEE Westwood shared third place in the US Open yesterday, as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy romped home to his first major title.

Worksop’s Westwood closed with a one under par round of 70, leaving him 10 shots behind McIlroy, who was 16 under for the four rounds.

The 38-year-old had two birdies and two bogeys in his final round at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Speaking after he said his opening round of 75 was costly: “I mean, you shoot 75 the first day it’s going to be tough to get into it from there, especially when you (McIlroy) shoot 65 and set some records.”

“I didn’t play great today. I hit the ball okay but was just out of control, a bit like the first couple of days.”

He admitted that McIlroy’s great start to the final round took the title away from the rest of the contenders.

“Well, once he started, we were all playing for second. two under through four was the perfect start. If anything was going to go wrong, it was going to be at the first and the second and the third and the fourth. But he got through them in twounder and just carried on playing the way he did all week. Well done to him. It’s tough to win a major, and it’s probably even tougher to win it like that.”

The next chance for Westwood to clinch a major of his own will be The Open Championship in July at Sandwich.