The Open: Lee Westwood receives major backing from Ian Poulter

Last Updated: 22/07/13 12:16pm

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Ian Poulter is taking positives from his third-placed finish at the Open.

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Ian Poulter insists Lee Westwood is "too good" not to win a major championship, despite the Englishman missing out again at Muirfield.

Westwood saw a gold chance to win his first major slip away at The Open during the final round - with the 40-year-old having led after 54 holes.

Phil Mickelson went on to finish three shots clear at Muirfield to claim the Claret Jug for the first time, with Westwood a further shot off the pace alongside Poulter and Adam Scott.

Westwood has now finished in the top-10 in 10 of his last 16 majors, including third on five occasions and runner-up twice.

Pressure

However, Poulter believes Westwood has the talent to turn his near misses into trophy success.

"I think Phil is a few years older than Lee is so guys can still win in their 40s," Poulter told Sky Sports News.

"Lee has got plenty more years left. If he keeps putting himself in position he is going to be able to get his hands on one of them for sure. He is too good a player not to.

"Obviously the pressure is there so that every time he gets himself in position it is difficult because everyone wants him to win and he wants to win even more. There's a lot of pressure he puts on himself

"I am sure if he keeps working the way he is and keeps improving then I am sure it is going to come."

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