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Westwood adds to top-15 collection at Augusta

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When the 2015 Masters rolls around, you might as well throw out recent form and pencil in Lee Westwood for another high finish.

His solo seventh Sunday at the 78th Masters was his fifth consecutive top 15 at the year’s first major, the longest such streak in the game.   

Beginning the final round only three shots off the lead, Westwood struggled early and managed only a closing 73.

“Three over after four, that’s just awful,” he said Sunday. “You’re not going to get into the tournament that way.”

Still, that seventh-place showing followed a T-8 (2013), T-3 (2012), T-11 (2011) and 2nd (2010). The Englishman, who turns 41 later this month, has the most career top-3 finishes in a major (eight) without winning one.

When asked to explain why he always seems to excel at Augusta, Westwood offered this earlier in the week: “It’s one of those places where I feel like I can get around. I feel like I know how to get around here, even if I’m maybe not on my game.”

And that certainly has been the case this year, as Westwood was without a top 10 on Tour since last year’s Open Championship, where he tied for third. Excluding majors, his last top 10 in the States was a T-8 at The Players. The former world No. 1 has plummeted all the way to No. 36, but it mattered little once he drove down Magnolia Lane.   

The same goes for Fred Couples, who also seems a lock for another good finish at the 2015 Masters. After making birdie on the first two holes Sunday, the 54-year-old limped to the clubhouse with a final-round 75. That dropped him out of the top 10 (finished T-20) and also ended a run of four consecutive top 15s at Augusta.