Westwood leads but can’t land first major

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Lee Westwood found himself leading a major tournament yet again last weekend, but eventually finished seven shots behind the winner.

The Worksop golfer shared first place on the leaderboard on the opening day of the USPGA Championship at Valhalla.

But it was his former International Sports Management stablemate Rory McIlroy who triumphed on Sunday.

Westwood was content with his tied 15th place, as he went nine under for the tournament.

He signed for a six under par round of 65 on Thursday to top the leaderboard, but by Friday night was back to ninth place and four shots behind McIlroy, after a 72.

The highlight of Saturday’s two under par round was a near ace on the par four fourth, the 41-year-old making an eagle.

Sunday’s play was disrupted by rain, but Westwood closed with another round of 69 to join eight other players in 15th place.

The performance earned the Florida resident $128,888.88 in prize money and 53.6 FedEx points and Westwood was pleased with how he played, with Ryder Cup selection still hanging in the balance.

“It has been a good week with a top 15 finish so it is another decent week to build on,” he said.

“Now I am playing better. I have a better idea of what I am doing and I feel a bit fitter. I am looking forward to playing again.”

Westwood returns to action at The Barclays at Ridgewood in New Jersey on 21st August.