Lee Westwood says he needs to focus on his long game ahead of the USPGA
Last Updated: 23/07/13 7:44pm
Lee Westwood reflects on the final round of The Open but felt that overall it was a positive experience.
Lee Westwood says he knows what needs attention as he prepares an assault on the final major of 2013.
The Englishman's long battle to win a first major continues after he let another glorious opportunity slip through his fingers at Muirfield on Sunday.
Westwood was two shots clear going in to the final round but a four-over 75 saw him slip to tied third, four shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.
And, for once, it wasn't his short game holding him back.
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Westwood told Sky Sports News: "I struggled with my technique a little bit all last week and I have done for the last couple of years really, last year certainly.
"I haven't been working on my long game that much so I need to work on that."
To help him, the Englishman has turned to Sean Foley, the Canadian golf instructor who coaches Tiger Woods and the man who helped Justin Rose claim US Open victory at Medinah last month.
"To actually finish third in a major championship after doing so little work is a bonus"
"I've only done five hours work with him (in Florida three weeks ago) so to actually finish third in a major championship after doing so little work is a bonus," said Westwood.
"I'm hoping to work with him a bit more in the future. He had a little look at me on the range at Muirfield last week. We're really just starting to get to know each other and he's just starting to learn about my swing.
"Hopefully we can progress as quickly as I have over the last three weeks and it can show signs over the coming months as there's still some big events to play this year."
First up for Westwood is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Ohio (August 1-4) before the following week he heads to Rochester in New York for the final major of the year - the USPGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Westwood feels he is getting closer and closer to winning a major and says his game just needs "fine tuning".
Sports psychologist Michael Caulfield doesn't think Lee Westwood's disappointment at Muirfield will have a negative effect on his game.
"It isn't that much of a difference between finishing third in a major and winning. Mentally I felt very strong last week so I was pleased with the way I handled a lot of things.
"Obviously I was a bit disappointed not to play well the last day but with golf you have to take the positives out whenever you can.
"It was a top three in another major championship.
"I didn't feel like I had my best game and yet I still had a two-shot lead going into the final round. That's a positive. Also in my short game and putting stood up very well which has not happened in the last few years.
"Rather than dwell on the fact that I didn't win I'd like to take the positives."