Lee Westwood delighted to ensure he keeps up his run of Open Championship appearances with second place in Thailand

GAINSBOROUGH Golf Club's juniors are the cream of the county.
GAINSBOROUGH Golf Club's juniors are the cream of the county.

Lee Westwood’s second place finish at the Thailand Golf Championship has extended his run of Open Championship appearances.

The Worksop golfer snapped up one of the four places on offer at Amata Spring Country Club last week.

His 18 under par performance wasn’t quite enough to retain his Thailand Golf Championship title however, finishing three shots behind winner Jamie Donaldson.

Westwood was delighted to ensure he wouldn’t miss The Open for the first time since his 1995 debut at St Andrews.

“It’s great to be have made it into The Open,” he said.

“I’ve played every one since 1995 so it’s great to keep that run going.

“It’s been 21 years now and I’ve not missed one, so I’m happy. It’s my favourite championship of the year.”

Westwood’s success in the Far East means he will move back into the world top 50 and also book his place in the Masters next April.

He shot an opening round of 71, one under, but moved up to 11th with a 68 on Friday.

Saturday saw him go even lower, shooting a third round 64 to sit three shots off the lead.

And his final round of 67 put him second, in his final action of 2015.