LEE Westwood may have missed out on the big prize and the world No 1 spot in America but he has no complaints over his game right now.
The man from Worksop had never previously got past the second round of the Accenture World Matchplay Championship but he produced some stunning golf throughout the tournament in Tuscon before losing out to Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals and then losing the third/fourth-place play-off.
“I’ve been playing great,” he said.
“I shot four or five under every day on the way through and that’s pretty good golf.
“I’m sure people enjoyed watching golf like that, I enjoyed playing it.”
Westwood’s outstanding play during the week had seen him leading at 48 of his 49 holes as he got through to the semi-final by beating Scot Martin Laird 4 and 2.
It set up the semi-final with McIlroy, with both men knowing they could take the world No 1 spot from Luke Donald if they could win the tournament.
Westwood won three of the first four holes but opened the door by bogeying the fifth and McIlroy then birdied six of the next eight to go three up,
An 18-foot eagle putt after driving the 343-yard 15th lifted Westwood but he bogeyed the 17th to lose 3 and 1.
“I think we both played well, a typical matchplay game that went a lot with momentum,” he said.
After beating Westwood, McIlroy then couldn’t finish it off, going down 2 and 1 to American Hunter Mahan in the final. Westwood lost 1 up to American Mark Wilson and earned $309,000 for fourth.