The Open Championship Final Round News & Notes

East Lothian, Scotland (Sports Network) - Like many other players near the top of the leaderboard during the final round, Lee Westwood was trying to break through and win his first major championship.

The Englishman will have to wait at least three more weeks for that first major championship after he struggled to a 75 in the final round at Muirfield.

Westwood stumbled to a bogey at the third, but came back with a birdie on the par-5 fifth. He played that hole in 5-under par for the week.

The 40-year-old, who has 22 European Tour titles to his credit, didn't card another birdie the rest of the day. He stumbled to four more bogeys to fall into a share of third place.

"I never felt quite comfortable all day, just coming into the wind, I hit a couple of poor shots, but all in all, I played okay. It was tough out there," Westwood said. "Where my round sort of came undone was at seven, eight and nine. I hit in three traps and all three were plugged."

Westwood now has eight top-3 finishes in the major championships, but no victories.


Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Mullen were the only two amateurs that made the cut this week at the Open Championship.

Fitzpatrick had a 2-stroke lead over Mullen entering the final round, and his 72 was enough to earn him the silver medal as low amateur.

The 18-year-old bogeyed the third, but made his third birdie in three days at the ninth to make the turn at plus-9 for the championship. He tripped to a bogey at 10, but erased that error with a birdie on the 12th.

Fitzpatrick then carded his third double-bogey of the week, this one at the 14th. He got one shot back with a birdie at 16, and parred the last two to down Mullen.

Mullen had three bogeys and two birdies through eight holes, but faltered to a double-bogey at the ninth. He parred the next eight holes around the turn before tripping to a bogey at the last.

* Phil Mickelson, who was the third straight Open champion in his 40s, joined Bob Charles as the only two left-handed winners of the British Open

* Mickelson, who was the fifth American to win at Muirfield, joined Byron Nelson, Seve Ballesteros, James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Peter Thomson with five major championship titles.

* There were 15 under-par rounds on Sunday to raise the total to 58 for the week.

* On the other end of the spectrum, there was just one round in the 80s on Sunday to raise the total to 34 for the week.

* The par-3 fourth was the hardest hole in the final round as it averaged 3.41 strokes. For the week, the fourth was the most difficult hole as players averaged 3.40 strokes.

* The par-5 ninth was the easiest for the third straight round as it averaged 4.64 shots in the final round. The ninth was also the easiest over the four rounds, as players needed only 4.71 shots on average.

* Next year's Open Championship will be contested at Royal Liverpool, where Tiger Woods won by two in 2006.


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