No Green Jacket for Westwood
Lee Westwood’s 71 on Sunday night was never going to be enough for him to win his first major. For me, Westwood never reached the heights of the previous three days as his driving and putting came unstuck. All this allowed Phil Mickelson to win his 3rd green jacket.
A record of third, third and second in his last three majors for Westwood sounds impressive. But you have to wonder if he is ever going to get accross the finishing line.
He threw away a great chance at last years Open Championship, I thought he lost he nerve on the final day there. Did that happen here as well?
I think it did a bit, but it’s hard to take anything away from Mickelson, who was magnificent with his 4th round, bogey-free 67.
Mickelson’s shot through the trees out of the pine straw to the 13th green was just out of this world, he then somehow missed the eagle putt from about 7-8 feet, but still birdied the hole.
That was the time when you just knew it wasn’t to be Westwood’s day.
The sight of Tiger Woods, 3 putting from about 8 feet on the 14th hole was amazing, it all but finished off his slight challenge. He did well though to finish fourth after his 5 month absence.
After been the joint halfway leader, Ian Poulter’s challenge also fizzled out with 74 and 73 over the weekend. Despite all the early promise, he was disappointing in the end.
Golf majors are hard to win, and no one gives you anything easy. Westwood was shown by Mickelson that you have to do it over 4 days, as well as Lee played over the first 3 days, it wasn’t enough. Mickelson is a true champion and when it mattered he upped his game, and that was the difference.