GULLANE, Scotland – Lee Westwood has eight top-three finishes in major championships since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he missed the Monday playoff with Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate by one shot.
Here is a closer look at his close calls.
U.S. Open (3): Westwood entered the final round at Torrey Pines one shot behind Tiger Woods and shot 73. Westwood missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would’ve put him in the Monday playoff.
Open Championship (T-3): Westwood began the final round two shots behind Tom Watson at Turnberry and actually held the lead for much of the afternoon until he bogeyed three of the last four holes to miss a playoff with Watson and Stewart Cink by one shot.
Masters (2): This one stings a little. Westwood entered the final round with a one-shot lead over Mickelson. Westwood shot 71 in the final round, which isn’t usually a bad score at Augusta National, but everyone else in the top five shot scores in the 60s. Mickelson shot 67 to win his third green jacket.
Open Championship (2): This is a second-place finish in name only. This was the Open at St. Andrews where Louis Oosthuizen won by a whopping seven shots.
U.S. Open (T-3): Like the Open Championship the year before, this was not close. Young Rory McIlroy ran away with the title and Westwood was 10 shots back.
Masters (T-3): This was the Bubba Watson Masters, but Westwood had a chance. He shot a final-round 68, one of the lowest scores of the day, but Watson and Oosthuizen were two shots better and in the playoff.
Open Championship (T-3): Westwood entered the final round with a two-shot lead over both Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan. He just was not sharp for most of the day and it caught up with him on a tough Muirfield layout. Westwood shot 75 and Mickelson shot 66 to win his first claret jug.