Lee Westwood reflects on a number of missed chances at the Masters

Last Updated: 15/04/13 2:24am

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Lee Westwood: Fourth top-10 finish at Augusta

Lee Westwood: Fourth top-10 finish at Augusta

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Lee Westwood reflected on another week of what might have been after posting another top-10 finish at the Masters.

The 39-year-old, runner-up in 2010 and third last year, threatened to mount a strong final-round challenge when he birdied the second and set up another with a stunning approach to the seventh.

The kick-in birdie got him within three of the lead, but his momentum stalled when a poor drive at nine led to a bogey, and his hopes of a first major were effectively over when he found Rae's Creek at the 13th.

After signing for a 71 to finish six off the pace on three under he was ultimately left to count the cost of failing to score well on the par-fives, although he did complete 72 holes without a three-putt.

"I missed my chances out there," he said. I could have been five six under after eight and I was only two under.

"The par fives have cost me. I haven't played them well enough. There are not too many negatives to take away and I was on the edge of contention.

"I know my way around this golf course and I felt that I played quite well."

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose admitted his chances were hampered by a back problem which surfaced on the 17th hole of his third round.

After labouring to a closing 74 to finish two over, he said: "Most of Saturday my back was OK and then I hurt it with my second shot into 17.

"It was painful overnight and then it eased up. I hit the ball so well this week but struggled to convert with the putter and I made a couple of mental errors on the back nine and, classic Augusta, that was born out of trying to push too hard."

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