East Lothian, Scotland (Sports Network) - Like many other players near the top
of the leaderboard during the final round, Lee Westwood was trying to break
through and win his first major championship.
The Englishman will have to wait at least three more weeks for that first
major championship after he struggled to a 75 in the final round at Muirfield.
Westwood stumbled to a bogey at the third, but came back with a birdie on the
par-5 fifth. He played that hole in 5-under par for the week.
The 40-year-old, who has 22 European Tour titles to his credit, didn't card
another birdie the rest of the day. He stumbled to four more bogeys to fall
into a share of third place.
"I never felt quite comfortable all day, just coming into the wind, I hit a
couple of poor shots, but all in all, I played okay. It was tough out there,"
Westwood said. "Where my round sort of came undone was at seven, eight and
nine. I hit in three traps and all three were plugged."
Westwood now has eight top-3 finishes in the major championships, but no
FITZPATRICK GRABS LOW AMATEUR HONORS
Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Mullen were the only two amateurs that made the
cut this week at the Open Championship.
Fitzpatrick had a 2-stroke lead over Mullen entering the final round, and his
72 was enough to earn him the silver medal as low amateur.
The 18-year-old bogeyed the third, but made his third birdie in three days at
the ninth to make the turn at plus-9 for the championship. He tripped to a
bogey at 10, but erased that error with a birdie on the 12th.
Fitzpatrick then carded his third double-bogey of the week, this one at the
14th. He got one shot back with a birdie at 16, and parred the last two to
Mullen had three bogeys and two birdies through eight holes, but faltered to a
double-bogey at the ninth. He parred the next eight holes around the turn
before tripping to a bogey at the last.
* Phil Mickelson, who was the third straight Open champion in his 40s, joined
Bob Charles as the only two left-handed winners of the British Open
* Mickelson, who was the fifth American to win at Muirfield, joined Byron
Nelson, Seve Ballesteros, James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Peter Thomson
with five major championship titles.
* There were 15 under-par rounds on Sunday to raise the total to 58 for the
* On the other end of the spectrum, there was just one round in the 80s on
Sunday to raise the total to 34 for the week.
* The par-3 fourth was the hardest hole in the final round as it averaged 3.41
strokes. For the week, the fourth was the most difficult hole as players
averaged 3.40 strokes.
* The par-5 ninth was the easiest for the third straight round as it averaged
4.64 shots in the final round. The ninth was also the easiest over the four
rounds, as players needed only 4.71 shots on average.
* Next year's Open Championship will be contested at Royal Liverpool, where
Tiger Woods won by two in 2006.
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