Westwood shows form is temporary and class is permanent at the Masters

England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife.

17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow.

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England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife. 17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow. � Jane Barlow 2015 {all rights reserved} janebarlowphotography@gmail.com m: 07870 152324
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Lee Westwood showed that form is temporary and class is permanent, finishing second at the Masters at Augusta National.

The Worksop golfer was somewhat of a shock contender on the final day, moving to within a shot of the leader at one stage.

And although he finished three shots behind winner and friend Danny Willett, Westwood will undoubtedly take heart from the fact that he got himself into such a strong position in a major tournament.

Speaking after his three under par final round of 69, Westwood said: “It was a bit scrappy.

“I got away with a few shots.

“You come out and contend in the first major of the year, obviously, I must be doing something right.”

It was an eagle on the 15th that helped Westwood soar into contention, chipping in from off the back of the green to move within one shot of fellow Lindrick member Willett – as pre-round favourite Jordan Spieth fell apart.

But that was as close as Westwood came, the 42-year-old, who carded 71, 75 and 71 before Sunday, admitting he still gets jittery on the greens around the famous Georgia course.

He three putted on 16 for bogey, and missed a birdie putt on 17, while Willett picked up a shot at 16 and was flawless in the final two holes.

“I’ve been feeling edgy on the greens for a couple of years now,” said Westwood.

“You get under pressure in Augusta, you’re going to start feeling a little bit nervous, which I did. But I still made some nice putts coming in.”

Willett was handed the coveted green jacket by last year’s champion Spieth, who finished joint second with Westwood.

After a couple of difficult years on and off the course, Westwood will surely be pleased to have secured his best finish in a major since 2010 – when he also took second at the Masters, and was runner-up at The Open.

And despite a poor start to 2016 prior to this weekend, Westwood’s bid to extend his love affair with the Ryder Cup is now off and running.