Lee Westwood reflects on a number of missed chances at the Masters
Lee Westwood reflected on another week of what might have been after posting another top-10 finish at the Masters.
Last Updated: 15/04/13 2:24am
The 39-year-old, runner-up in 2010 and third last year, threatened to mount a strong final-round challenge when he birdied the second and set up another with a stunning approach to the seventh.
The kick-in birdie got him within three of the lead, but his momentum stalled when a poor drive at nine led to a bogey, and his hopes of a first major were effectively over when he found Rae's Creek at the 13th.
After signing for a 71 to finish six off the pace on three under he was ultimately left to count the cost of failing to score well on the par-fives, although he did complete 72 holes without a three-putt.
"I missed my chances out there," he said. I could have been five six under after eight and I was only two under.
"The par fives have cost me. I haven't played them well enough. There are not too many negatives to take away and I was on the edge of contention.
"I know my way around this golf course and I felt that I played quite well."
Fellow Englishman Justin Rose admitted his chances were hampered by a back problem which surfaced on the 17th hole of his third round.
After labouring to a closing 74 to finish two over, he said: "Most of Saturday my back was OK and then I hurt it with my second shot into 17.
"It was painful overnight and then it eased up. I hit the ball so well this week but struggled to convert with the putter and I made a couple of mental errors on the back nine and, classic Augusta, that was born out of trying to push too hard."