TURNBERRY, Scotland – Perhaps lost in the madness of the British Open was Lee Westwood, who made bogey on the final hole to ultimately find himself a shot out of the playoff with Stewart Cink and Tom Watson.
Westwood stood on the 18th tee a shot behind Watson but hit his drive into a deep fairway bunker. He hit an approach onto the green, then was aggressive with his birdie ,figuring he'd need to get to 3 under to get into a playoff. But he rammed the birdie approach past the hole, missed the comeback and was a shot short.
'I didn't see Tom bogeying the last since he's such an experienced player,' Westwood said. 'I played great all week. Third place is not to be sniffed at in a major championship. But disappointment really.'
The Englishman was trying to become the first man from his country to win the British Open since Nick Faldo captured the Claret Jug in 1992. Westwood's last close-call with a major was last summer at the U.S. Open, where he finished a shot out of the Monday playoff with Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate.