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British Open Notebook: Lee Westwood ‘didn’t do enough right’ after taking lead into final round

Lee Westwood might get through life just fine because he has the following attitude.

“I’m not too disappointed,” he said Sunday night. “I don’t really get disappointed with golf anymore.”

Those words came after he closed the British Open with a 3-over-par 75, a round that took his two-shot overnight lead and turned it into a four-shot loss to Phil Mickelson, who closed with a sterling 66.

That left Westwood tied for third with Ian Poulter and Adam Scott, his eighth top-three finish in a major since 2008 — and he’s still looking for his first title.

“I keep putting myself in contention,” Westwood said. “I didn’t do a lot wrong today. I just didn’t do enough right.”

Westwood’s wayward moments began at the par-3 seventh, when he heard a camera’s click at the top of his backswing and left his tee shot in the front bunker. He then couldn’t get out of the bunker and actually made a fine up-and-down for bogey.

Westwood, though, refused to blame the camera’s click afterward, instead saying he chose the wrong club.

“You make your own luck,” he said.

But he had begun to fray. He bogeyed the eighth as well, and his birdie at the par-5 fifth was his only one of the day.

Learning from an elder

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, 18, was the low amateur, finishing at 10 over par after shooting a 1-over 72 in the final round, which he played with 53-year-old Fred Couples.

“They are better,” Fitzpatrick said of the professionals. “The big thing for me that showed today was Fred Couples hit putter from everywhere. . . . That’s the difference. They hole the long ones, and that’s not quite where I am.”

Fitzpatrick is headed to Northwestern University, which produced former world No. 1 Luke Donald of England, in the fall.

A week ago, Mickelson won the Scottish Open, his first victory in the United Kingdom. He became the first player to win a major the week after winning another tournament since he pulled the same trick in 2006; then, he won the BellSouth Classic leading into his second Masters title. . . .

With the win, Mickelson will supplant Rory McIlroy as the No. 2 player in the official world golf rankings, trailing only Tiger Woods. Mickelson has not been ranked No. 1. . . .

Sandy Lyle of Scotland, the 1985 Open champion, shot 80-79 over the weekend to finish 23 over, four shots worse than any of the 83 other players who made the cut.

Barry Svrluga is the national baseball writer for The Washington Post.



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