Lee Westwood is still searching for his first major victory, but he insists that his game is heading in the right direction.
The 40-year-old finished seventh at this year’s US Masters, his 17th top ten finish at a major event, but is still searching for that elusive title.
"It's progress I started to swing the club a little bit better, and it's my best result of the year. I'm trending in the right direction,” Westwood told Sky Sports News.
"I probably hit the ball better over the weekend than I did the first two days, and that was really pleasing. The golf course over the week played fair, but it was very near the edge and it's as hard as it's ever going to get."
Westwood went into the final day at two-under-par, but could not find the form to propel him towards the top of the leader-board and ended up eight shots behind eventual winner Bubba Watson, after carding a final round score of a one-over-par, 73.
He wasn’t the only one to struggle to get to grips with Augusta’s final day conditions, mind. Only three of the top seven managed to go round in under-par on the closing Sunday in Georgia and, indeed, only seven of the entire field were able to keep their score under-par for the entire week.
"It's a little bit disappointing,” he added. "I needed to get a quick start but was three over after four and that's not ideal.
“I had a chance, but seventh is my best result this year and the work I am doing with my coach is taking me in the right direction.
"The Masters probably came a couple of weeks too early."
This result means that Westwood has now played in 64 major events without achieving victory in one of them and time is beginning to run out for the Nottinghamshire-born golfer if he is ever to grab a victory that will cap off a stellar career.
It was the usual Achilles heel of his putting and pitching game that cost him here. His game, from tee-to-green, was generally excellent, but despite hitting a number of well-hit putts, he saw a multitude of them go marginally wide and missed out on a series of opportunities to improve his score.
That said, Westwood was still the best placed of the British contingent, marginally ahead pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy – whose final round of 69 moved him up to level-par for the tournament.
Elsewhere, Jamie Donaldson was impressive in his first showing at Augusta. He showed a consistency to his game throughout the week and his final round score of 70 capped off an eye-catching debut at the Masters. He finished in T14.
Another pair of the notable Brits to make the cut where Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, but neither could find their best form on the final day and mount a charge for the lead. The duo both carded a score of 74, which put them out of contention for the title, although both will be fairly contented with a top 25 finish.
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