Worksop's Lee Westwood narrowly misses out on biggest win of his career

Worksop-born Lee Westwood narrowly missed out on the biggest title win of his career last night.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 8:19 am

The 47-year-old came second in The Players Championship in Florida, widely know as ‘the fifth major’.

He beat Bryson DeChambeau in their second head-to-head last-day battle in eight days only to be denied by another American, Justin Thomas.

In an enthralling final day at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Thomas produced a decisive burst around the turn to set up a one-shot victory over Westwood in the PGA Tour’s $15 million flagship event.

Lee Westwood reacts after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on March 14, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Westwood, who had started the day with a two-shot lead, birdied the last for a 72 to finish second, one ahead of both DeChambeau (71) and left-hander Brian Harman (69).

Westwood holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the closing hole to finish second on his own for the second week after being pipped by DeChambeau in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the previous weekend.

Westwood said he ‘was just having so much fun’, and added that despite turning 48 in a months time, it was ‘a joy to be involved’, playing well and able to contend.

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