Lee Westwood had his best result of the year at the Masters last weekend, but admitted he was disappointed not to make a stronger challenge for the green jacket.
It was the Worksop man’s 15th attempt at landing the major title at Augusta, and the fifth time he has finished inside the top 10.
Rounds of 73, 71, 70 and 73 saw the Worksop man finish seventh on the leaderboard, one under par and seven shots behind eventual winner Bubba Watson.
Although he conceded a poor start to the final round cost him the chance to put pressure on the leaders, Westwood said the result proved there was merit to the work done on the range with new coach Mike Walker.
“A little bit of disappointment”, he said after his final round.
“I was after a quick start today and was three over after four, so it’s not ideal.”
“I was hitting some good shots and getting a few unlucky breaks, so it was just not my day.”
“Still, seventh, it’s my best result of the year. I think the work I’m doing with Mike, my coach, is taking me in the right direction, but the Masters came a couple of weeks too early.”
The 40-year-old will hope to carry the momentum into this weekend’s Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Westwood won the event in 1997, but hasn’t played in it since 2007.
“It’s been seven years since I last played in Malaysia and it’s certainly nice to be back.”
“My game’s coming along nicely, I’m starting to hit the ball a lot better, I’ve got more control.”
“I’m driving it a lot straighter and distance control is coming back.”
“I’m hitting my iron shots a lot closer and my confidence is building all the time.”