Nottinghamshire golfer Lee Westwood has often been the bridesmaid at major championships, and it was no different at Muirfield as Phil Mickelson charged to victory with four birdies in his final six holes.

You felt it could have been different this time though, as the 40-year-old found himself two shots clear of the rest of the field at three under par with just 18 holes to go.

As the round begun and after a steady couple of pars, a nervy Westwood dropped a shot at the third.

After a superb birdie at the fifth, Westwood’s round began to unravel around the turn with two bogeys at holes seven and eight, which saw his overnight lead disappear.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he was keen to take the positives out of another consistent week.

‘It seems like an over-40 championship now, it seems like you have to be 42 or 43 to win it. I just didn't really play well enough today. I didn't play badly, but I didn't play great,” he said.

"It's a tough golf course and you've got to have your 'A' game. I missed a few shots out there. Sometimes you play well and somebody plays a bit better and sometimes you play poorly.

"I didn't really do either and Phil obviously played well. He shot the round of the day, five-under par and birdied four out of the last six - that's a pretty special finish in a major championship’’.

After yet another top three finish at a major championship, Westwood must be wondering if his time will ever come.

He will now look forward to the PGA championship in two weeks time where he will be looking to emulate Justin Rose’s victory at the US Open.


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