Last Updated: April 9, 2012 10:48am
Disappointment for Westwood
Colin Montgomerie says the pressure on Lee Westwood will only intensify as his quest for a maiden major title continues.
"We have had Lee now having seven top 3s in majors and it does get to you, there is no question. Now of course, in the next one the US Open there is more pressure on him."
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Montgomerie, who failed to land a major during another-wise hugely successful career, sympathised with Westwood after the Englishman saw another major chance disappear on the final day at Augusta.
But the Scot insists Westwood must transform his putting if he is to win the major that the rest of his game demands.
"What can you say about Lee Westwood to miss out on that play-off by two shots?" Montgomerie said on Masters Breakfast.
"He could have saved two shots every nine holes, never mind two shots over 72. It is such as shame for Lee and I feel for him.
"I am sitting here watching major championships and people winning and being emotional and of course your own career floods back to you and the near misses that I have had.
"We have had Lee now having seven top 3s in majors and it does get to you, there is no question.
"Now of course, in the next one the US Open there is more pressure on him.
"If you look at his stroke on the 15th (a missed eagle putt from six foot), it is not good enough to win a major unfortunately. You see the smoothness of Louis Oosthuizen's stroke, the smoothness of Bubba Watson's stroke, of Phil Mickelson's - they are all putting better than Lee.
"He has got to go away and find a way of getting the ball in the hole because from tee to green he will win and if he putts half decent he will win by ten."