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Lee Westwood says he is looking ahead to the USPGA rather than dwelling on his Open agony

Last Updated: 23/07/13 7:42pm

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Lee Westwood reflects on the final round of The Open but felt that overall it was a positive experience.

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Lee Westwood has vowed to bounce back from his Open agony by mounting a strong challenge at next month's USPGA Championship.

Westwood's long battle to win a first major title goes on after he failed to convert a two-shot third round lead at Muirfield.

Despite extending his lead to three shots with 13 holes to play, the Englishman stalled and eventually had to settle for a tie for third as Phil Mickelson burst past him down the back nine.

The day after his last major heartache, Westwood told the Daily Telegraph: "Yes it hurts, but I can deal with that.

"I'm having a week off then I'll play (the WGC Bridgeston Invitational at) Akron and I'll be ready to give it another go at the USPGA (at Rochester in a fortnight's time).

"I'm not going to walk around feeling sorry for myself, and I don't want anyone else feeling sorry for me," said the Englishman, who now has eight top three finishes in majors but not that elusive victory.

"I have to be strong enough to want to keep putting myself in this position, or I'll never get the chance to finish one off."

One big plus for Westwood at Muirfield was the dramatic improvement he showed on the greens - so often his Achilles Heel in majors.

He said: "I didn't feel like I was striking the ball well but I putted lovely and I made my fair share so there was a lot of positives to take.

"I'm not too disappointed. I don't really get disappointed with golf any more."

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