US Open Championship

It's been a great U.S. Open. I don't know how you couldn't like this one

Lee Westwood
US Open Championship

Lee remains in the States for the US Open, which this year will take place on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club, Bethesda in Maryland, where Graeme McDowell will be defending champion, following last year's success at Pebble Beach.

 “We want the U.S. Open to be a rigorous test,” U.S. Golf Association Executive Director Mike Davis about the course with the second-longest layout in the championship’s history.

Lee's best finishes, so far, in the US Open were T5th in 2000 and 3rd in 2008.

In most interviews nowadays, Lee is questioned about his lack of a Major. "If you're a good player, you're going to have disappointments because you're going to be in contention a lot, aren't you? You're going to have lots of chances to win major championships. So that's all part and parcel of it. As golfers, if you have a successful year, we maybe win three times a year. That's about ten percent of the times you play. So you get used to not winning and being disappointed. So you learn, if you're any good and mentally right, you learn to try and take the positives out of anything, even when you maybe finish second and you thought you should have won one of these. You try and look at it on the bright side, and I think I've probably managed to do that over the last few years. And that's why I have to say a second place at Turnberry, I followed it up with a third place at the PGA, at Hazeltine, and then eight months after that a second place in the Masters again, and keep getting into contention, and then again at the Open last year at St. Andrews, second again. I seem to be responding well and coming out of it positively, even though obviously I'd love to win one"

"I think it's a fine balancing act and a fine line between when you do get really close to it becoming frustrated but still seeing the positives in it, the fact that you are getting close. And I feel like my game is good enough. And if I just do a few things differently at the right times, then it'll be the difference between a second and a win.
It is a tricky balancing act, also going in with expectations but playing with a freedom, as well".

In an "Amazing freak of nature" (Lee said), he was drawn with Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer for the first two rounds. Lee carded a 75 on the first day, but had a much better result on Friday with a 68.

"I played well today, in general. I drove the ball really well. I think I missed one fairway, the 12th, which was a tough one. I hit a lot of greens. I think I missed one. And got off to a slow start, bogeying the 4th with a three-putt. I didn't take advantage of the 6th and the 9th going in with 5-iron and 4-iron, but managed to birdie 7 and 8 to get out in 1-under par and then caught fire on the back nine with 5-under for four holes".

On Saturday he had three birdies and an eagle on his back nine to card a 65 as he headed into the final round on Sunday.

A final round of 70 on Sunday lead to a 6-under final score and in T3rd place. 

"I didn't play great today. I hit the ball okay but was just out of control, a bit like the first couple of days".

Rory McIlroy who lead throughout won the event on 16-under par with an 8 shot lead.

"It's been a great U.S. Open", Lee said after the final round. "I don't know how you couldn't like this one".


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